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Cooling centers open for relief from heat in Outagamie County

1:09 PM, Jul. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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Outagamie County officials are urging residents to take note of their physical well-being and seek out air conditioned sites as needed as sweltering temperatures continue to grip the Fox Cities.

The National Weather Service predicts forecasts temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s through Thursday. The heat index through Thursday could climb as high as 100 degrees.

Outagamie County Emergency Management today outlined precautions and tips to ensure safety until the weather cools.

Residents should be wary of the recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, which include dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, weakness and nausea. Those experiencing symptoms should seek shelter whether in shade or an air conditioned building and slowly drink water. Residents should seek medical attention if should they experience, confusion, unconsciousness, chest pains, shortness of breath or an inability to sweat despite being overheated.

Those in Outagamie County with heat-related special needs are asked to call the County Crisis Line at 920-832-4646 or United Way's resource and referral service at 211.

Residents are encouraged to check on family and neighbors, and particularly the elderly or ill who do not have air conditioning. Officials also remind that children and pets left unattended in cars could experience life-threatening heat within minutes.

Those without air conditioning can cool off at a number of Fox Valley locations, including:

Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida St. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fox River Mall, 401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Grand Chute. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hortonville Public Library, 102 W. Main St. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kaukauna Public Library, 111 Main Ave. Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Muehl Public Library, 436 N. Main St., Seymour. Open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

River Rail Bar and Banquet Hall, N5547 River St., Shiocton. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until close.

Shiocton Village Hall, N5605 State 76. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thompson Community Center, 820 W. College Ave., Appleton. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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