DART is providing free rides to the public to cooling centers in Polk County beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17 through the end of DART's service day on Saturday, July 20, 2019 due to the extreme heat. Riders should tell bus drivers when they board that they want to go to the cooling center. The driver will then transport riders to the nearest center. A list of cooling centers and the DART routes that service them are available here. Paratransit-approved riders can also use DART's Paratransit services to reach the cooling centers.
Riders are asked to consult schedules on ridedart.com to locate the next bus nearest them. They can also contact Customer Service with questions about this service. The number to contact is (515) 283-8100.
Anyone is at risk for heat related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This is especially true for young children, older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions and anyone spending significant time outdoors.
Individuals need take the following precautions to avoid heat related illnesses:
- Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- Drink plenty of water. DO NOT wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they dehydrate you.
- Take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors. Spend at least two hours in air conditioning each day.
- Try to avoid being outdoors in the hottest portion of the day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.