Another hot day in the valley with temperatures well over 100 degrees. The extreme heat puts everyone in danger of suffering heat related illnesses.
On one of the hottest days of the year, Anthony Bland spends the afternoon doing yard work and cleaning his classic car.
"Yep. Got no choice; got to get it done," said Bland, a Fresno resident.
Between tasks on his "honey do" list, he plans to take breaks inside in the air conditioned house. Unfortunately, not everyone can escape the valley's heat. Near the Fresno Rescue Mission, dozens of homeless try to stay comfortable by resting in the shade. They also have access to cold water. For those who don't know what to do when temperatures soar, there's the United Way.
"We have been getting quite a bit of calls from seniors trying to get cooling systems working back again," said Beatriz Alejandre, the 2-1-1 call center manager.
The 2-1-1 call center in Fresno connects people with the help they need. Sometimes it can be life-saving.
"We do get those calls, you know, 'I'm not feeling well,' and we do call the ambulance to check on them," said Alejandre.
Those who are able, should check on others to make sure they're surviving the brutal conditions.
"The animals are in the house today, cats, dogs. I'm not going to leave them in the heat, it's way too hot for that," said Bland.
Four cooling centers are open in the City of Fresno for people who need a air conditioned place to hang out. They're open from noon to 8pm whenever temperatures are 105 or above. They're scheduled to be open through July 13th.
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Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo
Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler
Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo