Polk County Health Department

Overnight cooling shelter and extended daytime cooling shelters open

The prolonged extreme heat that is expected this week and weekend can pose as serious risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion or death, especially in older adults and people with chronic health conditions. As little as two hours in air conditioning each day can greatly reduce your risk. The Polk County Health Department has identified an overnight option and a number of daytime and extended hours options for individuals to seek relief from the heat.

Overnight: An overnight shelter will be open Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29 from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church at 4300 Beaver Ave. Doors lock at 11:00 pm and cots, blankets, pillows, water and food will be provided.

Extended Daytime/Evening Hours: The following locations will all be open until 8:00 pm for cooling tonight (Wednesday, August 28) and Thursday, August 29:

  • Polk County Health Department (1907 Carpenter Ave)
  • North Community Center (Park Fair Mall, 2nd Ave & Euclid)
  • Norwoodville Community Center (3077 NE 46th Ave)

Daytime Hours: Many public places are open during their regular business hours and allow residents to seek relief from the heat. See a complete list at www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health.

DART is offering free rides to the overnight shelter, which is along Route 14. The offer is good on all local routes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday evenings. To ride for free, passengers need only tell the bus operator that they are going to the overnight cooling shelter. Those who stay overnight at the shelter can get a free return trip in the morning by catching the bus at the nearest stop to the shelter, at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and 46th Street.

Schedule information is available online at www.ridedart.com or by calling the Customer Service Line at 515-283-8100 until 7 p.m. For calls after 7 p.m., please call 515-283-8108.

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314