A forecast of eight to 10 days of temperatures at or over 100 degrees has led city officials and medical professionals to collaborate and establish area heat shelters.
Conway Regional Medical System, the Conway Fire Department, the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Program, Conway Parks Department and the City of Conway have named the McGee Center on Collage Avenue and the Don Owen Sports Complex on Skyline Drive official areas of refuge for those in need of an escape from the heat.
Both facilities will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, the McGee Center will open one hour later than the Don Owen Sports Complex, at 7 a.m. The Don Owen Sports Complex will open at 6 a.m., and both facilities will close at 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
Fire Chief Bart Castleberry said the Senior Citizen Center on Donaghey Avenue will also serve as a shelter. The Center is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Center has a limited supply of box fans to hand out, as does the Conway Fire Department.
The Fire Department will have fans available today and Sunday.
Lori Ross, spokesperson for Conway Regional, said the hospital has treated more than 60 individuals suffering from heat-related illnesses since June.
"We really want to open up and help people out during this time," Castleberry said.
If there are questions, Castleberry said community members should call the station at 450-6150, and if he is unavailable, he will be contacted immediately for assistance.
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