Illinois – This week, Illinois will see abnormally high temperatures and humidity. To increase visibility on the dangers of extreme heat, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering tips to help everyone stay safe when temperatures rise.
“Heat-related fatalities can be prevented by taking precautions when temperatures rise,” said
IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “We ask all Illinoisans to take measures to safeguard their families and check in on friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable to extreme heat and humidity.”
Key heat-related preparedness tips:
Heed all heat watches, warnings, and advisories shared by your local Emergency Management agency
Keep hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and stay out of the sun when possible
Avoid strenuous activities
Check on your neighbors, particularly older residents, and make sure they are OK
Monitor updates provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) offices:
St. Louis, and
Currently, there are 6 cooling centers open across Illinois. A good way to find the state identified cooling centers is to call 800-843-6154 or check out the
. Additionally, many local municipalities operate their own cooling centers.