The National Weather Service is forecasting an Excessive Heat Warning today, July 21, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. for the James City County area.
Need a place to cool off? Citizens and visitors can head to the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road, during open hours. The center serves as the County's designated Cooling Center, and provides air conditioning and a place to sit down. With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in the Cooling Center. For more information, please call 757-259-4200.
- Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light-weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
- To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer