LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- Emergency management and local public health officials advise residents that an overnight cooling center will be available
Tuesday, August 27 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am Wednesday, August 28, at the Salvation Army location at 223 N. 8th Street, La Crosse, WI. A cool place and cots are provided. You must check in from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. You are expected to bring bedding and personal medications. NO PETS are allowed. All visitors will be screened with a breathalyzer test.
The combination of prolonged hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Emergency management and public health officials urge residents to take steps to prevent serious illness that can result from heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic medical conditions. Some health conditions such as obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather.
Warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting. These self-help measures are not a substitute for medical care, but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention.
For more information about extreme heat, click on the link below or contact your community resource line by dialing 2-1-1.