Cooling Centers- Summers can be cool, if you know where to go

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on July 27, 2017 with No Comments

Cooling centers offer air-conditioned facilities which are open to the public during dangerously hot weather. Spending a few hours in an air-conditioned environment can bring down the body’s core temperature and make it easier to handle the heat. Older and/or frail adults, homeless people, parents with small children and persons with health conditions that may be made worse by the weather should consider spending time in a cooling center, particularly between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., when temperatures are at their highest. Cooling centers may also have water and other liquids available to protect against dehydration, and some allow pets.

Porter County Cooling Center

1995 S. State Road 2, Valparaiso,

Anyone needing a cooling shelter should call Porter County Emergency Management at 219-465-3490 or the Porter County Red Cross at 219-462-8543.

In Valparaiso, the following sites are available as cooling sites throughout the summer: Valparaiso University at both the Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Dr., and the Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Dr., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.  Other cooling centers in Valparaiso include Valparaiso  Public Library, 103 Jefferson St. (219-462-0524); Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing (219-462-4185); Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Dr. (219-464-8514); and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center, 1511 LaPorte Ave. (219-464-4042).

Portage Cooling Centers

Two cooling sites are offered in the city: Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, and Portage Fire Department Headquarters, 3401 Swanson Road. For more information call 219-762-7404.

Chesterton Cooling Center

Meeting room at Town Hall, between Police & Fire Stations, 726 Broadway. Open 24 hours. For more information call, 219-926-1641.

Hobart Cooling Center

Festival Park Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Road opened for community cooling center at various times. For more information call, 219-942-2987.  Those residents with medical emergencies related to the heat should call the police at 219-942-1125.

Lake Station Cooling Center

1969 Central Ave., Lake Station.

The new municipal complex, 1969 Central Ave., will be used as a cooling center at various times during extreme heat. For more information call 219-962-2081.

Merrillville Cooling Center

The police station at 7820 Broadway in Merrillville is a local cooling center. Call 219-769-3722 for more information.

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