Cooling Stations set to Open July 19-20 during Excessive Heat Warning

UPDATE – An additional cooling station has been opened. Tuppers Plains Volunteer Fire Department will be available as a cooling station this weekend starting Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday evening. If needed, please send a message to us or contact EMS at 740-992-6619 and a member will respond to the station.

MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio – Cooling stations are being opened as Meigs County and the surrounding areas prepare for an Excessive Heat Warning July 19-20, 2019.

The Syracuse Community Center (2244 Seventh Street) will be open as a cooling station from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (July 19-20) due to the Excessive Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service. Residents may contact the Meigs County non-emergency number at 740-992-4729 if transportation assistance is needed. The Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department will be on stand by for residents in need.

The Middleport Village Hall Gymnasium will also be open as a cooling station to accommodate those in need of relief from high temperatures. The cooling station will be open from noon to 7 p.m. daily during the advisory (July 19-20).

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

Precautions and Preparedness

  • Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency call 9 1 1.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.