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Durham Rescue Mission offers relief from extreme heat

Posted July 22

— Extreme heat, like this weekend's triple digit temperatures, can be dangerous for the elderly and young children.

But the Durham Rescue Mission also emphasizes that it can be extremely risky for those who don't have a permanent place to stay and are constantly exposed to the elements.

Fozy Mohamad says he typically walks down Fayetteville Street in Durham, but Saturday's heat was too intense.

"I felt dizzy and (it was) too much stimulation," he said.

Just like during extreme cold weather, the rescue mission opened its doors Saturday to allow people to come in from the heat.

Chief Operating Officer Rob Tart said the rescue mission has a reputation for being strict when allowing people to stay there, but during extreme heat, it is important to help as many people as possible.

"It's the summer, so are numbers are the highest," Tart said. "We have plenty of beds right now. So we just let them come. They can stay overnight. We don't put a lot of requirements. They can leaves the next day if they want to. They can stay here and get out of the elements."

Orange County released information for three cooling centers: the Passmore Center, the Seymour Center, the Orange County Public Library.

The rescue mission urges people to point people in the right direction, as it has the potential to save lives.

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