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Heat Shelter Program

As summer returns to the Southwest Georgia area, the increase of hot and humid weather conditions can cause temperatures to rise well above the 100-degree range. This combination of humidity and temperature is referred to as the Heat Index. The National Weather Service has stated that a Heat Index of 105 degrees or higher can cause serious health concerns to a large segment of our
population.

In an effort to reduce the possibility of injury and/or illness to local citizens, whenever the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory (Heat Index of 105 degrees) the following listed recreation centers will be open:

1. Bill Miller Community Center - 322 Vick Street
2. Henderson Community Center - 701 Willard Street
3. Thornton Community Center - 210 Thornton Drive
4. Turner Gym - Turner Field Road
5. The Salvation Army - 304 Second Avenue

SIGNS OF HEAT ILLNESS

- Sunburn: redness, pain, swelling of skin, blisters, fever and headaches.

Treatment: Leave water blisters intact to speed healing and avoid infection, if breaking of blister occurs, apply dry sterile dressing, serious cases should be seen by a physician.

- Heat Cramps: painful muscle spasms usually in the legs but possible in abdomen; heavy sweating.

Treatment: Firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm; give sips of water, if nausea occurs discontinue sips of water, move person to a cooler place to rest in a comfortable position.  Observe the person carefully for changes in condition.

- Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy; pulse weak and rapid, fainting and vomiting, core temperature usually 101.8 degrees or higher, but normal temperature possible.

Treatment: Get person out of sun, lay down and loosen clothing, apply cool wet cloths, move person to a cooler environment, give sips of water, if nausea occurs, discontinue sips of water; if vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.

- Heatstroke: severe medical emergency, high body temperature (105.8 degrees or higher), hot, dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness.

Treatment: Call 911, if unable to get person to medical help immediately, do the following: Move the person to a cooler environment, reduce body temperature with lukewarm bath or sponging, use extreme caution, remove clothing; if temperature in the person rises again, repeat the process, and do not give fluids.