Kansas City, MO – The Salvation Army and KCP&L are teaming up to help Kansas City residents beat the heat this summer!

 Volunteers with The Salvation Army and KCP&L will provide free electric fans to those who need one this Friday, June 28 in the Manuel Career and Tech Center parking lot adjacent to The Salvation Army Warehouse, 1110 E. Truman Rd., Kansas City, Mo., from 8 am to 10 am or until the supply runs out. The free fans will be available one per household, on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers with KCP&L’s Extreme Heat Team will direct vehicles through a drive-through lane and hand out fans and heat safety information.

 There are also a limited number of fans available for homebound individuals and people aged 65 and over who are unable to pick up a fan. To arrange a delivery, call 877-566-2769 this Friday. Fans will be delivered to homes the week of July 1.

 The KCP&L Extreme Heat Relief Program is being coordinated by The Salvation Army through a donation from KCP&L. Additional distribution sites and times will be announced as the need arises during the summer.

The Salvation Army and KCP&L are committed to helping area residents stay safe during times of extreme heat. “The safety of our customers is our top priority during hot weather,” said Elizabeth Danforth, KCP&L Senior Manager of Public Affairs. “For some, an electric fan can make all the difference in staying cool. In addition to providing fans, we want to give our customers additional steps on how to stay cool this summer.”

 A few tips include:

  • Seek a cool public place, such as a library or mall if you don’t have air conditioning or fans. Call United Way 2-1-1 for assistance or more information about public cooling centers in Missouri or Kansas.
  • Use ceiling and portable fans to circulate air.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight, natural fiber clothing.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in enclosed vehicles. It takes only a few minutes for a closed up vehicle to reach temperatures in excess of 140 degrees.