With the recent weather forecast indicating that the heat index could reach 105-degrees across the area on Sunday, New Orleans officials announced the opening of a cooling shelter. The Allie Mae Williams Center, located at 2222 Simon Bolivar Avenue, will be open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for those looking to escape the heat. The shelter will be open free of charge, according to a City of New Orleans spokesperson.
City officials urge citizens to take precautions and prepare for the high temperatures. They ask that you check on the elderly, children, neighbors and those who are sick to make sure that they are okay.
Officials also provided the following tips for staying safe in the heat:
- Do not leave children or pets unattended in parked vehicles
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Check on relatives and neighbors
- Stay in an air-conditioned room
- Stay out of the sun