Officials designate two cooling center locations
Published 1:31 pm Thursday, July 21, 2022
With heat index values reaching up to 110 degrees today, Thursday, July 21, Suffolk Office of Emergency Management is opening two cooling centers to local residents.
The National Weather Service office in Wakefield has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Southeast Virginia, which includes the City of Suffolk, for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Office of Emergency Management issued a news release advises that prolonged exposure or any strenuous activity may lead to heat-related illnesses that require immediate medical
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For those lacking options to protect themselves from the heat, two Suffolk Public Library locations will be open to the public as designated cooling centers during regular business hours. The centers will offer access to air conditioning, water fountains and restrooms.
The two library locations are:
- Morgan Memorial Library, 443 West Washington Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Office of Emergency Management officials also encourage citizens 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 sign 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.