DATE: July 19, 2016
The following communities will have cooling centers set up for Thursday and Friday, July 21 – July 22, 2016.
The City of Columbus will have a cooling shelter at the Senior Center located at 125 N. Dickason Blvd., Columbus during normal business hours Thursday, July 21st, and Friday, July 22nd from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Senior Center is open to anyone who needs shelter from the extreme heat.
The City of Portage will have a cooling shelter at the City Hall basement located at 115 West Pleasant Street, Portage, Thursday, July 21st, and Friday, July 22nd, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The City of Wisconsin Dells will have a cooling shelter at the Kilbourn Public Library available on Thursday, July 21st from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday, July 22nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The city has also opened the Municipal pool up to FREE use on Thursday July 21st and Friday July 22nd during normal operating times.
- Bring your own food and water
- Bring medications with you
- Bring games, books, or playing cards
- Bring toys for your children to play with
- NO PETS will be allowed at the shelter
General symptoms of heat exhaustion include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea. Skin may become clammy and moist or hot and dry. The onset of heat stroke can be rapid and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, immediate actions should be taken to reduce body temperature.
The following actions are recommended when temperatures are above 90 degrees:
- Drink more fluids during hot weather to avoid dehydration. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.
- During the hottest part of the day stay in a cool place, preferably air-conditioned.
- Do not plan strenuous activities during the warmest part of the day.
- Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90° (at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness).
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath to reduce body temperatures. In addition, wet clothing has a cooling effect.
- Make frequent checks on the status of elderly or ill relatives or neighbors and move them to an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.
- Pets and livestock should be checked frequently and kept out of direct sunlight if possible