City Heat Advisory
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and City Officials are urging Chicago residents to be cautious and take steps to prevent heat related emergencies during extreme hot temperatures today and for the remainder of this week. The National Weather Service has forecast that by Thursday temperatures will likely reach or top 100 degrees in many locations.
During this time, please take care of yourselves and check on your elderly friends and neighbors. The nearest temporary cooling center for 44th Ward residents is the Merlo Library at 644 W. Belmont.
OEMC has shared helpful information with Chicago residents on how to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day to avoid dehydration and ensure that children stay well hydrated.
- Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
- Avoid or minimize physical exertion and direct exposure to the sun.
- Do not let anyone sit in a hot, parked car, not even for a few minutes.
- Visit one of the City's temporary cooling centers: Chicago police district headquarters; all 79 Chicago Public Library locations during public hours of operation; and other public buildings.
- Call 3-1-1 for the nearest City Cooling Center located within the six Community Service Centers operated by the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Contact local Chicago Park District facilities to find out about beach and park hours and programs. All beaches, public parks and public pools are open and make excellent places to cool off.
Sign up for extreme weather alerts by visiting www.AlertChicago.com and clicking on the Notify Chicago.
If you see someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, take immediate action. Call 911 immediately and then try to safely move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water.
OEMC also urges Chicagoans to be good neighbors and check on the disabled and elderly who may not understand the effects of extreme heat, or call 3-1-1 to request well-being checks and rides to cooling centers.