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Organizations help people beat the heat


It's August in the Midwest and now it's starting to feel like it.

Temperatures climbed higher than 90 degrees on Friday and meteorologists say it will be just as hot through the rest of the weekend. The heat is particularly hard on the elderly community, which is why organizations like Meals on Wheels send volunteers to make sure older people across the metro are staying cool.

"It's like a steam bath in these houses because, even if they have a fan, it just moves around the hot air. And a lot of them won't even use the fans," said Fran Anderson, who volunteers for Meals on Wheels. "It's sad. They don't want to go to the hospital and they are worried about electric bills."

People who need help cooling their homes can contact the Don Bosco Community Center. The center gives away free fans and air conditioning units each summer. KCP&L customers can also check with the company to see if they qualify for a leveled plan, which allows them to pay a set amount every month.

It's not just older people who are at risk. Anyone who spends a lot of time outside this weekend could get sick from the heat. The organizers of Throttle Fest at the Kansas Speedway say they're also doing whatever they can to prevent people at the festival from heat-related illnesses.

"We're geared up. We've got plenty of water, but people can bring bottled water as long as it's not opened. They can bring it through the front gate," said Jesse James Dupree of Throttle Fest. "The bands are playing. It's a great set up."

Dupree says there are also cooling towels, misting fans and a medical staff on scene if anyone gets overheated.

Already one person has died in the Kansas City area due to the death. A second death is being investigated as caused by heat. The man is in his 50s.

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