SOUTHERN INDIANA — With heat indices slated to reach well over 100 degrees over the next few days, Haven House shelter in Jeffersonville will have its doors open wider than usual.
Director Barb Anderson said just after noon the shelter had 107 people, including a couple who had previously been staying in their car with six children. Even though it's over capacity, the shelter will take as many people as can fit during emergency white flag status for extreme temperatures.
"Basically what that means is a mat on the floor, because I don't have any more space," Anderson said. "But we're not going to leave anybody out in this heat — this is the kind of heat that kills people."
She said people are also welcome to just come cool off for a few hours or take a shower.
Haven House is located at 1727 Green Street in Jeffersonville.
Southern Indiana Salvation Army locations are also offering people a place to come in and cool down, grab some cold bottled water and sit in the air conditioning. The stations there will be in effect Thursday, Friday and Saturday during business hours.
• 528 Little League Blvd., Clarksville — open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
• 1345 Corydon Ramsey Road, Corydon — open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
• 2300 Green valley Rd., New Albany — open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday
"[The cooling stations] are for anyone who's outside or just need something cold to drink, get a cold bottle of water and if needed, they can have a seat and walk around just to get cooled and they can stay as long as needed," Sarah Futter, store manager at the Little League Boulevard location in Clarksville said.
Salem couple Teresa and Troy Lucas were grateful for the cold water station in the store, calling it a blessing.
"We've been going to the library, McDonalds, Arby's," Teresa Lucas said. "Any place we can get out of the heat and the sun, that's where we've been going."
The electricity is out at their home, their car doesn't have air conditioning and they're staying in the RV they use when they travel for different jobs, which only has a small fan. The two say they are going to park it under a relative's shade tree over the next few days and hope it doesn't get too hot.
The listed Salvation Army locations are closed Sunday and management will reevaluate the weather forecast later in the weekend to see if the stations should be open next week.