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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Cooling Centers Available Upon Request

Cooling Centers

Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heat stroke and death. Cooling centers are used by many communities to protect health during heat events.

However, the use of cooling centers can result in congregating of groups of at-risk people, such as older adults or those with respiratory diseases, and potentially provide a route for the transmission of the SARS COV-2 virus and subsequent development of COVID-19 disease among both visitors and staff.

With this mind, the Bensenville Emergency Management Agency has implemented a two level system to assist in the allocation of resources during an extreme heat event.

LEVEL 1: The most common period of extreme heat and humidity with the lowest demand for general public cooling facilities. 
During these events, residents in need of temporary cooling options are required to contact the Emergency Management Agency at (630) 350-3461 for a cooling center referral based on determination of need and facility capacity.

LEVEL 2: The least common period of extreme heat with a high demand for general public cooling facilities. 
Level 2 events occur during excessively high temperatures along with mass power outages. During Level 2 events, we will announce the opening of traditional cooling center facilities to the general public while maintaining federal and state COVID regulations.

Other hot weather tips include:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking at least 1.5 to 2 quarts of fluids daily, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks containing caffeine.
  • Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities if possible.
  • Take advantage of cooling centers, public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls during periods of extreme heat. Even a few hours a day in air conditioning can help prevent heat-related illnesses.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Offer pets extra water and place the water bowl in a shaded area if outdoors. Make sure pets have a shady refuge where they can escape direct sun exposure.
  • If you or someone around you begins experiencing dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion and a rapid pulse, seek medical attention immediately, as these could be the symptoms of heatstroke

Additional tips on how to protect yourself and others from heat-related illnesses are available on the state’s Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov).

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