FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – In response to dangerously high temperatures this week, Cumberland County has opened selected buildings as cooling stations for residents who do not have access to air conditioning.
The National Weather Service predicts high heat and humidity for the remainder of this week. Starting Wednesday, July 20, daily heat index values may reach the low 100s. The heat index will peak at 107 degrees on Thursday.
The Department of Social Services, located at 1225 Ramsey St., has opened the auxiliary lobby as a cooling station. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lobby is on the first floor waiting area by the reception desk. Masks or face coverings are optional. However, mask wearing, and social distancing are encouraged.
The first-floor lobby of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health, located at 1235 Ramsey St., is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone entering the Health Department is required to wear a mask and receive a temperature scan. Masks will be provided to anyone who does not have one.
All eight Cumberland County Public Libraries are open as cooling stations. Libraries are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, along with Cliffdale, North Regional, and Hope Mills branches are also open Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. To find your local library, go to cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/library-group/library.
The 18 Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Centers are open to the public, year-round, during normal operating hours and can be used by residents seeking relief from the heat. Recreation center locations, hours, contacts and programming schedules are posted at fcpr.us/facilities/recreation-centers/.
Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working in outdoor activities. Cumberland County Emergency Services reminds residents to take precautions during the hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous work, check on relatives and neighbors and never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Stay informed about information and alerts by visiting the County’s website at cumberlandcountync.gov or County social media pages at facebook.com/CCNCGov, facebook.com/CumberlandCountyNC911 and twitter.com/CumberlandNC.