High temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin during the next week, and Emergency Management and the Division of Public Health are reminding residents to take steps to stay cool
during this heat wave.

“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Gary Garske, Portage County Health Officer, in a news release. “During this heat wave, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated and informed.”

Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

Stay in air conditioning. When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls and other public spaces to keep cool. A list of Portage County Cooling Centers and hours of operation is available at Warming and Cooling Centers | Portage County, Wisconsin.

Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.

Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening
hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.

Beware of hot cars. Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in fewer than 10 minutes.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.

Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Remember that anyone can get sick from the heat. In Wisconsin, people ages 15-34 are the most likely to report to the ER for getting sick from the heat. No matter your age or how healthy you are, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed on hot days. If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness. Move to air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ heat safety web page and watch their heat safety video.

2019 Portage County cooling centers hours and locations:

Village of Almond Municipal Center at 122 Main St., Almond
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
Phone: 715-366-8171, call to arrange for extended hours

Lettie Jensen Community Center at 487 North Main St., Amherst
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mondays through Thursdays), 9 a.m. to noon (Fridays)

Town of Plover Town Hall at 5081 Hoover Ave., Plover
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mondays through Fridays)
Phone: 715-630-5493, call to arrange for extended hours

Village of Plover Municipal Center
2400 Post Road, Plover
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mondays through Fridays)

Rosholt Branch – Portage County Public Library at 137 North Main St., Rosholt
Hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays), and
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wednesdays)

Stevens Point
Portage County Aging and Disability Resource Center – Lincoln Center
at 1519 Water St., Stevens Point
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mondays through Fridays)

Portage County Health and Human Services at 817 Whiting Ave., Stevens Point
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mondays and Thursdays), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesdays),
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesdays) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Fridays)

Portage County Public Library at 1001 Main St., Stevens Point
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mondays and Thursdays)
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

The Salvation Army at 1600 Briggs St., Stevens Point
Hours: 24 hours Sundays through Saturdays