La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - If your looking for a place to cool off, the Salvation Army is opening an overnight cooling center. Residents can stay overnight Tuesday, August 27 from 6pm to 7am, Wednesday, August 28.
The Salvation Army will be provided cots, but you need to bring your own bedding and personal medications. No pets are allowed and all visitors will be screened with a breathalyzer test.
The La Crosse Co. Health Department said combination of prolonged hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Emergency management and public health officials urge residents to take steps to prevent serious illness that can result from heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic medical conditions.
Some health conditions such as obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. Warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting.