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Heat Advisory Issued June 29-30

Post Date:06/28/2018 4:40 PM

heat-alert_600pxUPDATE on June 29, 4  p.m.:  the Levy Senior Center is no longer available as a cooling center. 

The City of Evanston's Health and Human Services Department has declared a Heat Advisory for Friday, June 29 through Saturday, June 30, and is urging all residents to take preventive actions during this hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heatstroke. 

The National Weather Service has declared an Excessive Heat Watch for Friday morning through Saturday evening, indicating that the heat index may rise to between 105 and 115 degrees during the daytime hours. 

The Health and Human Services Department recommends residents take the following to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake
  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors
  • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas
  • Reduce physical activity
  • Take cool baths or showers, and use cool towels
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat
  • Eat light meals; avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven
  • Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes

Community members are also reminded to check on people at risk for heat-related illness, especially elderly individuals.

As part of the Heat Advisory, residents are encouraged to take advantage of cooling centers across the city during their operating hours:

Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

North Branch Library, 2026 Central St.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 311 in Evanston.

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