Cooling Centers: Jackson County

The Jackson County OEM also offers the following tips to help citizens stay safe:
· If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. Dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
· Drink fluids - particularly water - even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
· Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun's peak hours - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.
· Never leave children, seniors, or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
· Make a special effort to check on neighbors, especially seniors and those with special needs.
· Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
Heat exhaustion: Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal.
Heat stroke: Symptoms include flushed, hot, dry skin, weak or rapid pulse, shallow breathing, lack of sweating, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. Body temperature will be elevated, and victim should receive immediate medical attention.

Cooling Centers Available in Jackson County.
Sheriff Steve Rand reports that due to high heat and humidity in the forecast the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today announced the opening of cooling centers in Jackson County. Cooling centers are facilities that are air-conditioned and open to the public.

The centers are located at the Jackson County Department of Aging from 8am-5pm M-F, Lifeways 8am-7pm M-F, and King Recreation Center 8am-4:30pm M-Th and Friday from 8am-3:30pm.

Additionally the Jackson Transit Authority (JTA) is offering "hot tickets" when the temperature reaches 93 degrees or when the heat index is above 102 degrees. These tickets are free to and from cooling center locations. Tickets are located at cooling center stations and the central transfer station. This is restricted to the city bus system only, and does not include the reserve a ride program.

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