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Cooling shelter open in Louisa

Willie L. Gentry, Jr.                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Robert C. Dubé

Chairman                                                         July 21, 2011                                    County Administrator

Contact:

Keith Greene

Interim Fire and EMS Chief

County of Louisa

(540) 967-3491

kgreene@louisa.org

Louisa County Remains under Heat Advisory from now until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011

The County will open a Cooling Shelter at the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center located at 522 Industrial Drive in the Louisa Airpark for the second time this summer.

The Shelter will open at 12:00 noon today, July 21, 2011, and will remain open until 6:00 p.m. The Cooling Shelter will also be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, July 22, 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 from now until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The forecast for Louisa County predicts maximum heat indices between 110ºF and 115ºF from this afternoon through Saturday evening.

Louisa County will open 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.  Citizens are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and stay in an air-conditioned location when possible.  If working outside, citizens are encouraged to take extra precautions to protect themselves from heat-related emergencies – reschedule strenuous work if possible and remember to wear light and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.  OSHA recommends taking breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas.

The early signs of heat-related illness can include cramping, fatigue, dizziness, and fainting. Anyone overcome with heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. 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.

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