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Louisa opens cooling shelter
From Louisa officials:
Louisa County Remains under Heat Advisory until 8:00 p.m.
The County has opened a Cooling Shelter at the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center located at 522 Industrial Drive in the Louisa Airpark.
The Shelter is open now and will be open until 6:00 p.m. today, July 12, 2011. The Cooling Shelter will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, July 13, 2011. Citizens will need to bring necessary items (medications, snacks, games, etc.) for their comfort. No pets will be allowed (service animals permitted only), and pet owners are requested to make sure their outdoor pets have shade and water.
If citizens need assistance, they may contact Emergency Services at (540) 967-3491.
Louisa County is under a heat advisory until 8:00 p.m. this evening. The forecast for Louisa County is predicting a high in the 90s, near 100ºF with a heat index between 105 and 109ºF.
Louisa County has opened the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center, an air-conditioned facility, for any citizen needing to find cooler conditions. Small children, the elderly, and those with some medical conditions are more at risk of heat-related illnesses.
The early signs of heat-related illness can include cramping, fatigue, dizziness, and fainting. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are medical emergencies and should be dealt with promptly by calling 911.
NEVER keep children or pets in cars with windows rolled up, even partially. Temperatures inside a car with windows up can reach over 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and possible death.