The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Health are urging people to prepare for extreme heat this Thursday, July 18, 2019, to Saturday, July 20, 2019, by staying cool, hydrated, and informed.
A period of hot and humid conditions is forecast to occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These hot and humid conditions will result in heat index values in the middle to upper 90s, which could rise to above 100 degrees on Friday. Everyone is reminded to take care of yourself and to check in on family, friends, neighbors, and pets during periods of extreme heat.
People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include infants and young children, the elderly, individuals who are overweight, and people with chronic medical conditions. Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated, maintaining little contact with family and friends. It is important to check in on those that are vulnerable during extreme heat.
Agencies across Kenosha County open their doors as cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. These centers are a great place for people to come into an air-conditioned facility and get some relief from the heat.
The Kenosha County Division of Health has provided the following list of cooling centers:
• Froedtert South Kenosha Medical Center Campus, 6308 Eighth Ave., Kenosha
• Froedtert South St. Catherine's Campus, 9555 76th St., Pleasant Prairie
• Aurora Hospital, 10400 75th St., Kenosha
• Memorial Hospital of Burlington, 252 McHenry Street, Burlington
• Pleasant Prairie RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
• Randall Town Hall, 34530 Bassett Road, Bassett
• Somers Village Hall, 7511 12th St., Somers
• Twin Lakes Village Hall, 108 E. Main St., Twin Lakes
• Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St., Bristol
• Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha
• Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., Kenosha
• Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave., Kenosha
• Simmons Library, 711 59th Place, Kenosha
• Uptown Library, 2419 63rd St., Kenosha
• Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., Kenosha
• Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., Kenosha
• Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave., Kenosha
• Twin Lakes Community Library, 110 S. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes
• Salem Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem
• American Red Cross Sites as necessary
Tips for staying safe during extreme heat:
• Stay cool: Remain inside air-conditioned buildings as much as possible during the hottest parts of the day and avoid direct sunlight.
• Stay aware: Watch for signs of heat-related illnesses, such as weakness, dizziness, nausea, and muscle cramps. If symptoms don't improve, seek medical attention.
• Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink!
• Stay informed: Pay attention to local weather forecasts and extreme heat alerts.
For additional information about heat awareness, contact your local public health department, county emergency management director, or the National Weather Service.