Keeping Cool: Heat Relief Sites, Tips in Cape Girardeau

The heat is on this summer – especially over the next week for the Cape Girardeau area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Paducah, Ky. has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Cape Girardeau area, lasting through Sunday, July 1.

Forecast air temperature and heat index for those days will exceed 100 degrees. The NWS reports that our area will see temperatures that have not been seen in a long time, with near all-time record highs.

City of Cape Girardeau Emergency Management Officials are urging residents to stay as cool as possible and to monitor their neighbors, friends and family who are at-risk during this period.

Cooling Center Available
The Osage Centre, 1625 North Kingshighway, has been designated as a Heat Relief Site during normal hours of operation through this weekend. The Osage Centre’s hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12-9:00 p.m.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed
  • Weak pulse
  • Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise
  • Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are possible

Signs of Heat Stroke
If you witness these symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

  • High body temperature (105+)
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Rapid, weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing
  • Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity
  • Possible unconsciousness

Stay Cool

Stay inside with air conditioning as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. If air conditioning is not available stay on the lowest floor of your home out of the sunshine, use fans or go to an available community cooling center. More tips to help you stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease, are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles or outdoors.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.