The National Weather Service has indicated the heat index will reach 100°F Wednesday July 17, 105°F Thursday July 18 and 105°F Friday July 19. Carl Caneva, Acting Director of the Evanston Health Department, has declared a Heat Advisory and urges all residents to take preventive actions during this extremely hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat-stroke.
Those without air conditioning may visit the following public cooling centers in Evanston: • Chandler-Newberger Center at 1028 Central St. open until 9 p.m. • Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. open until 4:30 p.m. • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center at 1655 Foster St. open until 9 p.m. • Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes St. open until 7p.m. • Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Ave. open until 9 p.m. • Robert Crown Center at 1701 Main St. open until midnight
The Evanston Health Department recommends the following to prevent heat related illnesses: • Drink lots of water, sports beverages or natural juices; • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and a high salt intake; • Stay in a cool, shaded areas and keep the blinds drawn or lights down; • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun; • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas; • Reduce physical activity; • Take cool baths or showers and use cool towels; • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat; • Eat light meals; Avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven; and • Do not sit or let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
REMEMBER TO CHECK ON PEOPLE AT RISK for heat related illness, especially elderly individuals.
For more information, please call 3-1-1.