The Salvation Army is doing everything it can to make sure Chattanoogans in need have water and other necessities to help beat the heat. One of the more popular ways is getting water out to people through their hydration stations.

The Salvation Army's hydration stations are open for those needing a break from the extreme heat. The stations are opened when temperatures reach 90 plus degrees.

With temperatures above 90 degrees and holding steady, the Crowder boys are looking for ways to stay cool. Their mom said a dip in the pool is the perfect option. “The temperature is the perfect coldness to get in and cool off and just forget about your worries while you're out there,” said Gloria Hill.

Swimming at the East Lake Pool is just one way Chattanoogans are surviving the summer heat. The Salvation Army is looking for donors like Beatriz Graham to help other residents stay cool. “People need fans because it is very hot and I haven't been using the fan. It was stuck in my closet and I thought it was a good idea to give it to someone that can use it,” said Graham.

They're distributing fans to individuals in need. They're also giving out water to help people stay hydrated. “You can't go very long when it is this hot without a cool drink of water. We want folks safe, drinking and keeping hydrated,” said Kimberly George with the Salvation Army.

There are two hydration stations, one at the Day Center, the other at the Salvation Army's East Lake location. Kimberly George said the hotter it gets the more neighbors need assistance. “It is so little to go out and buy a new box fan, donate 10, 15, 20 dollars. It goes a long way. As temperatures rise so do needs from our neighbors.”

The hydration stations will remain open until temperatures drop. It is just one way neighbors in the Chattanooga area can stay cool. With consistent heat in the forecast, George says it's important. “We keep the hydration stations open, give away news fans, help with utilities, and keep the pool open. All ways neighbors can beat the heat.”

Summer Heat Relief Services:

  • A Cooling Station for the Homeless – The ReCreate Café on McCallie Ave is an air-conditioned location where people can cool off during the day.
  • Low-income neighbors can apply for a free fan. The following is needed to apply:
    • Picture ID of person applying
    • Proof of income or Food Stamp award letter
    • Proof of address: either a utility bill in you name, or 2 pieces of current mail
  • Grocery boxes to help feed hungry families
  • Utility bill assistance – financial help to meet utility payments

To learn more about the Salvation Army's hydration stations, click here.