Local organizations help to keep people safe during this heat wave

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- When temperatures start creeping up into the 90’s like this it can become dangerous to people who have to be outside or don’t have air conditioning.

The city of Lexington, along with several organizations, are trying to help.

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People at the Catholic Action Center say they’ve been packed since the temperatures started rising, trying to help as many people as they can beat this heat while also helping them get back up on their own feet.

Ernest Bush has been staying here at the Catholic Action Center for the past few weeks.

“I’m in this great community here inside but I have to push through it because I’m not making this my final destination,” said Bush.

And Bush is doing just that.

He recently got a job but it’s all the way in Hamburg and the only way he can get there is to walk.

“It takes me, I timed it, it takes me exactly 40 minutes,” said Bush.

And on days when the temperature is pushing 90 that walk gets hard.

“I mean when I get there I’m drenched. I’m tired. I’m exhausted from the sun because the sun does take energy out of you from walking,” said Bush.

Bush isn’t alone, thousands of people without proper access to air conditioning or water brave the heat everyday.
So when temperatures start to reach dangerous highs organizations like the Catholic Action Center do what they can to help.

“The one thing we are trying to do is to have our folks hydrate and hydrate and hydrate,” said Ginny Ramsey, co-founder of the Catholic Action Center.

The city of Lexington is also doing its part, opening cooling stations across the city for anyone to come in and get some relief.

“We’ve got water available, cups available and so they can come and cooled off in those centers,” said Penny Ebel with Lexington Parks and Recreation.

While that may not seem like much, for people like Bush it makes all the difference.

“Other than that I’d be thinking where am I going to go? What am I going to do? Am I going to have to sleep in this heat and be outside somewhere?” said Bush.

And with those worries aside, Bush can not focus on getting to where he really wants to go.

“Be able to put myself in a situation to keep working so I can get an apartment and get out of here and have, you know. My think is moving forward, so,” said Bush.

The Catholic Action Center says it is helping hundreds of people like Bush beat the heat over these next few days.

Anyone that would like to help is asked to donate sunscreen and bottled water.