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LIST: Milwaukee-area cooling centers open as heat, power outages continue

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Posted at 9:27 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 15:34:08-04

MILWAUKEE — The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Southeast Wisconsin Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Heat index values are expected to reach up to 102 degrees.

Cooling centers will be available in Milwaukee. You can read more information about the centers here.

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On Thursday the Red Cross announced it has opened another cooling center in Milwaukee at Southside Church of Christ at 1933 W. Grange Ave., open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. You are asked to wear masks.

The Milwaukee Health Department recommends the public take the following measures to stay safe during the advisory:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to take a drink of water.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and a hat.
  • Find shade if you have to be outdoors.
  • Avoid high-energy activities such as strenuous exercise.
  • Take cool showers/baths to help lower your body temperature.
  • Avoid using your oven when possible to prevent creating excess heat in your home
  • Check in on family members and neighbors, especially those who are high-risk.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness [cdc.gov].
  • Take care of your pets. Do not leave pets in closed cars, be aware of the effect pavement temperatures have on your pet’s paws, and ensure pets have plenty of water available.
  • Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider visiting public air-conditioned spaces, such as local cooling centers [milwaukee.gov].

Meanwhile, New Berlin's Community Center will be open again Thursday, Aug. 12 for the public to use as a Charging and Cooling Station. The Community Center located at 14750 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151 will be open from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

And in Waukesha County there is a cooling center being offered at the Schuetze Recreation Center at 1120 Baxter St. in Waukesha, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday:

  • Visitors can visit the Center to escape the heat and hydrate.
  • This location will also provide an opportunity for individuals to charge essential electronic devices (chargers will not be provided) due to ongoing power outages.
  • Representatives from Waukesha County Health and Human Services and the Aging and Disability Resource Center will be available on site, as well.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged.

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