Extreme Temperatures Warrant Extra Caution

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Published on July 18, 2012 with No Comments

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is reminding Hoosiers that overexposure to summer heat can be hazardous. According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, causing more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes.

IDHS coordinates the training and certification of all emergency medical services personnel in Indiana, and oversees the regular inspection of all emergency medical transports. The following tips can help you cope with the heat.

What to do during extreme heat      

  • Stay out of the heat as much as possible, preferably in an air conditioned environment.
  • Drink plenty of water (avoid alcoholic or carbonated beverages.)
  • Slow down from your normal pace.
  • Spend time in air conditioning, even for brief periods.
  • Draw shades, blinds, and curtains in rooms exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Cool down with cool baths or showers.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing.
  • Wear proper SPF sunscreen for your skin type when outside.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Activities to avoid

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
  • Never leave animals, children or the elderly inside a vehicle — even if the vehicle is only being left for a minute and the windows are rolled down.
  • Avoid leaving animals outside, but if you must, provide adequate shade and lots of water.

The elderly, very young and those with respiratory conditions are most susceptible to serious heat-related illnesses. When appropriate, check in regularly with family members and neighbors who best price prednisone best price prednisone may not have air conditioning.

If air conditioning is not available at home, Hoosiers should try to spend some time each day in an air conditioned public facility such as a library, shopping center, community center, theatre, etc. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Check locally to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

Heat-related illnesses can happen quickly and be deadly. Be aware of the symptoms and how to help someone suffering from heat illnesses.

Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

  • Muscle cramps
  • Body temperature over 102°F
  • Flushed looking appearance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Faint feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Unresponsiveness or seizures

Someone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest and drink water or a sports drink ceftin brand name (nothing carbonated). Cool, wet washcloths or icepacks will help with recovery. If there is no improvement, the body won’t temperature go down or the person won’t take fluids, go to the emergency room immediately or call 911.

For more extreme heat safety tips, visit

Surrounding Area Cooling Centers


Residents can seek relief from the heat at the Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway. For more information call 219-926-1641.


Festival Park Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road, The Hobart Police, Court and Community Complex, 705 E. 4th St., Both open during regular daytime hours. For more information call 219-942-1125.


The City of Valparaiso has partnered with a number of community organizations to offer cooling centers to help keep the city safe during this week’s forecasted heat.

“We encourage people to visit these cooling centers and to check on those who may not have functioning air conditioning,” said Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. 

The following cooling centers in uk baclofen mail order. pain relief|muscle relaxant. fast worldwide shipping, jcb, guaranteed shipping, mastercard. will be in place for this week’s and during future heat waves:

Valparaiso University, for more information call 219-464-5000.
Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive. Open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Drive.  Open every day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Valparaiso YMCA, for more information call 219-462-4185.
1202 Cumberland Crossing, Open Monday- Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:30 to 6 p.m.

Porter County Public Library, for more information call 219-462-0524.
Valpo branch, 103 Jefferson St., Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vale Park Enrichment Center at Banta, for more information call 219-462-1301. 605 Beech St., Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, for more information call 219-464-4042.
1511 LaPorte Ave., Open every day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Valparaiso Campus, for more information call 219-464-8514.
3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Through July 29, open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 30 through Aug. 10, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Beginning Aug. 13, extended hours will resume)

In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department (VPD) offers a program for individuals who may need special help during weather emergencies, including times when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees for consecutive days.

The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather.  To register yourself or a loved one, contact Sgt. Michael Grennes at or call 219-462-2135.


The City of Portage has enacted its cooling center protocols.  Residents in need of relief from the extreme temperatures may go to one of the two designated cooling centers located at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, or the Portage Fire Department Headquarters, 3401 Swanson Road.

If transportation is an issue, residents may go to any City of Portage facility and a ride can be arranged through the Portage Fire Department.  Residents may also contact the Portage Fire Department headquarters and request a ride to a cooling center.

Cooling centers will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  If residents should require long-term assistance, area organizations geared toward long-term needs can be contacted.

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For more information, call the Portage Fire Department at 219-762-7404.

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