City opens emergency cooling center due to heat advisory in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An emergency cooling center has been opened in Memphis due to the heat advisory.

Memphis Fire Department released Saturday morning that the Bickford Community Center located 233 Henry Ave. in Memphis will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

An emergency cooling center is a temporary facility for those in need of a place for respite from the hot weather, the released said. The cooling center has limited services and is not intended to replace the services provided by a shelter.

The release also said openings are available at local shelters for anyone who is in need of food assistance or overnight sleeping accommodations and those seeking overnight accommodations are encouraged to seek assistance from our partners at the Union Mission located at 383 Poplar Avenue, 901-526-8403 or The Salvation Army located at 696 Jackson Avenue, 901-529-4545.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect at the cooling center which includes social distancing and masking for all persons within the center. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., persons needing a ride to the cooling center via MATA may contact OEM at (901) 297-1680 to schedule pickup.