Weather forecasters predict extremely high temperatures for the Shelby County area for the next several days. Temperatures will be at or above 100 degrees.
“The Shelby County Office of Preparedness and the Shelby County Health Department will be monitoring the weather conditions. We’ll continue to keep the public updated about the dangerously high temperatures,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
Air conditioners should be checked for efficiency. Those without air conditioning should visit shopping centers and other public buildings to stay cool.
“This is a dangerous condition, especially for people who may not have access to air conditioning. It’s important to check on the elderly and others who live alone. Extra care should also be given to pets to make sure they stay cool and have plenty of water,” said Bob Nations, Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
People are also urged to wear light clothing, limit outdoor activities and drink plenty of water during the heat wave, which is expected to last for several days.
Fans are also available free of charge at the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, operated by Shelby County Government. To reserve a fan, call 901.222.4100.
For additional information, call the Shelby County Office of Preparedness at 901.515.2525.
Due to the excessive temperatures, the city is implementing heat protocols. Citizens are also encouraged to use city community centers, senior centers, and libraries as cooling centers. For a complete list of community center operating hours, please click here. And please check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or infirm.