Excessive Heat Warning in Effect Through Tuesday, Cooling Shelters Available

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Published on August 23 2014 12:58 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Tuesday evening, as we could see heat index readings climb to near 110 degrees around the area. Warning details are located in our weather section.

The Effingham County Health Department and Effingham County Emergency Management Agency urge county residents to take precautions the next several days due to the forecast of excessive heat.

Illinois Department of Public Health recommends the following:

Increase fluid intake, avoiding drinks with sugar, caffeine and alcohol

Decrease strenuous, outdoor activities and remain in air-conditioning when possible

Check on the well-being of elderly family and friends who may be living alone

Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats. Individuals with chronic health conditions should be monitored because they may be more susceptible to the heat. Residents are also encouraged to make preparations for their pets.

The following locations are available as cooling centers:

  • Edgewood--American Legion--Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm
  • Beecher City--Church of Christ--Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm
  • Montrose--Town Hall--Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm
  • Teutopolis--Subway--Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm
  • Dieterich--phone 217-994-2602 to make arrangements Saturday and Sunday, noon-6pm

For more information on cooling centers, phone Effingham County EMA at 217-536-6169.