DeKalb County Opens Cooling Centers Amid Weekend Heat Wave

June 14, 2024
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🌡️ The Gist: With a heat wave expected to bring scorching temperatures to DeKalb County this weekend, local officials are opening recreation centers and libraries to the public as cooling centers on Saturday, June 14.

🌡️ Why It Matters: High temperatures can pose serious health risks, especially to vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those without air conditioning. Providing cooling centers helps mitigate these risks and offers a safe space for residents to stay cool.

🔍 What’s Happening: DeKalb County is taking proactive measures to protect residents during the predicted heat wave.

  • Recreation Centers and Libraries: These facilities will be available during normal business hours. Each recreation center will have a designated cooling area with accessible water fountains. Libraries will also have water fountains available for visitors.
  • Seniors: Assistance is available through the Senior Link Line at (770) 322-2950 for those needing an assessment of their needs.
  • Homelessness Assistance: Individuals needing housing services can contact DeKalb County Coordinated Entry by calling (404) 687-3500.

🌞 Heat Safety Tips:

  • Stay Cool: Spend time in air-conditioned places during the hottest parts of the day. Public places like shopping malls and libraries are good options.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to stay cool.
  • Hydrate: Drink water frequently, at least four cups every hour if you are outside. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Take Breaks: If working outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors.
  • Sun Protection: Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you need to be outside.
  • Pet Safety: Bring pets inside during the day or ensure they have extra water and a shady place to stay cool.
  • Child Safety: Never leave children or pets in a car, even with windows down. Temperatures inside a car can rise to dangerous levels quickly.
  • Check on Neighbors: Especially those who live alone or are elderly.

🌡️ The Big Picture: With temperatures expected to spike, it’s crucial to take heat safety seriously. DeKalb County’s efforts to provide cooling centers aim to protect the community from the dangers of extreme heat. For more tips and information on staying safe during the heat wave, visit DeKalb County’s weather page.


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