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Posted on: July 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Cooling Center Available to Help Residents and Visitors Cope with Heat

JCC Cooling Center information sun

An extended period of hot and humid weather is expected in our area Thursday through Saturday. High temperatures in the mid to upper 90s combined with high humidity will push heat index values to around 105 degrees Thursday and 105 to 109 degrees Friday and Saturday.

Need a place to cool off? Citizens and visitors can head to the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd., 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.
 Safety Tips
    - 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.
 Media Contact:
 Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer

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