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San Luis Rio Colorado Opens Temporary Cooling Centers Doubling as Shelters

SAN LUIS R.C., Mex. (KYMA/KECY) - As temperatures begin to bake the Desert Southwest, San Luis Rio Colorado's Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety have taken action by opening cooling centers that will also serve as shelters for migrants or the homeless.

The municipality counts with housing for those on the streets during this extreme heat wave at the 'Divine Providence' shelter within the 'Casa Del Migrante' (The Migrant's Shelter) on Zaragoza Avenue and 9th Street.

Ricardo Trigo Ramirez directs operations at the shelter and adds that temperatures 'will be reaching extremes of up to 120 Fahrenheit' with little to no cool down at night. He recommends drinking at least 2 liters of water daily to avoid dehydration.

If more space is required, San Luis has prepped space provided by the National System for Integral Family Development (DIF) located on 10th Street between Hidalgo Avenue and Kino Street.

"The 'Divine Providence' [shelter] has been doing this work for the past ten years," said Martin Salgado, President of the Administrative Council for the 'Casa Del Migrante'. "They open their doors to the homeless and migrants offering them food and shelter."

The shelter is also offering transportation and asking the community to please contact local authorities in cases of high risks like with the homeless, migrants and elderly.

To access free transportation to the shelter you can contact (653)517-7003 or you can call 9-1-1.

It is always important to remember the symptoms that signify heat stroke and dehydration: fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches and thirst.

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