City cooling shelters open

Published 11:48 am Friday, July 19, 2019

Hot and humid weather is expected to continue late in the week through the upcoming weekend. Heat indices up to 116 degrees are possible. An excessive heat warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday.

The Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue advises that prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead to heat-related Illnesses that require immediate medical attention. As a result, citizens are encouraged to follow these tips to deal with the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned environment, or stay in the shade, if possible.
  • Take extra precautions 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 shade or air conditioned environment. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency; call 911 if suspected.

The lobby at the Suffolk Health & Human Services Building located at 135 Hall Ave. will be open as a cooling shelter during regular business hours. Additionally, residents are encouraged to utilize the lobby at Suffolk City Hall, 442 W. Washington St., or the three Suffolk Public Library locations:

  • Morgan Memorial — 443 W. Washington St.
  • North Suffolk — 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road
  • Chuckatuck — 5881 Godwin Blvd.

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