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Coping with Extremely Hot Weather

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The longer the weather stays hot, the more our bodies need a break in a cool place. Cooling centers are air-conditioned locations such as senior centers and community centers where people can go to get out of the heat for a few hours on hot days. See list of cooling centers and heat-safety tips below. During heat waves and heat wave emergencies, stay in a cool indoor location, do not leave pets or children in a car, and drink plenty of water. Top choices for Ingham County residents surveyed in 2011 for staying cool without home air conditioning:

 1) Pool, beach, lake or other water source  (listings here: http://pk.ingham.org/ and here: http://www.lansingmi.gov/parks/actprog/aquatics.jsp)

2) Friends’ or family members’ residence

 3) Public cooling center (listed below)

Pets and Heat
Call Capital Area Humane Society at 517-626-6060.

Staying Cool on a Budget
In our 2011 survey of 1,731 Ingham County residents about hot weather impacts, 73% report "increasing utility bills" as a top impact of the increasing number of extremely hot days. Check out this new resource to keep your bills down:
www.lbwl.com/energysavers and
www.facebook.com/HometownEnergySavers

Emergency-Ready?
Most respondents to the 2011 survey did not report availability of a 3-day supply of water, 3-day supply of medications, radio, land line phone, or back-up power generator. These items, as well as flashlights, are recommended supplies. Build a kit!

Some Medications Can Increase Your Risk of Heat-Illness
From the Mayo Clinic: "Be especially careful in hot weather if you take medications that narrow your blood vessels (vasoconstrictors), regulate your blood pressure by blocking adrenaline (beta blockers), rid your body of sodium and water (diuretics), or reduce psychiatric symptoms (antidepressants or antipsychotics). Stimulants for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and illegal stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine also make you more vulnerable to heatstroke." Detailed listing here.

Protect Your Skin
Consider information from Environmental Working Group about the safest sunscreens for you and your family.

Know, Visit and Help Your Neighbors
"Resilience is about Relationships, Not Just Infrastructure": Lessons from the Chicago heat-wave of 1995 show that community cohesion, frequent social contact and neighborhood infrastructure are protective factors for heat-emergencies, regardless of income. Identify neighbors who don’t have air-conditioning, have difficulty getting around and/or have chronic health conditions. Check on neighbors who may have trouble with heat daily during a heat wave. Encourage visiting a cooling center and arrange rides if needed.

Watch for signs of Heat-Related Illness:
 · Heat cramps: Muscle pain and spasms.

 · Heat exhaustion: Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin. Heavy sweating. Headache. Nausea or vomiting. Move to cool place, drink a glass of cool water every 15 minutes, monitor for worsening symptoms.

 · Heat stroke: Hot, red skin. Feeling faint or disoriented. Rapid, weak pulse. Shallow breathing. Dry skin. High body temperature. Heat Stroke is life threatening, call 9-1-1!

Transportation
Transportation for anyone who cannot use CATA’s regular fixed route buses can be arranged by calling 2-1-1. Free rides are available for those with a physical and financial need.


Heat-Safety Tips

·         Go to a cooling center or other air-conditioned locationed for several hours each day. See list below.

·         Slow down. Avoid heavy activity.

·         Stay indoors on the lowest floor.

·         Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing.

·         Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks.

·         Eat small meals and more often.

·         Avoid salt tablets unless directed by physician.


Cooling Centers for the tri-county area (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham) Updated 7.15.13

WATERTOWN CHARTER TOWNSHIP
1 12803 S. Wacousta Road M-F 9:00-5:00 no pets
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
INGHAM COUNTY SERVICE CENTER
2 407 N. Cedar M-F 8:00-4:30 no pets
Mason, MI 48854
CHARLOTTE - CITY HALL
3 111 E. Lawrence St. M-F  no pets
Charlotte, MI 48813
8:00am-9:00pm
TRI-COUNTY OFFICE ON AGING
4 5303 S. Cedar M-F 8:00-5:00 pets okay
Lansing, MI 48911-3800
ACTIVE LIVING FOR ADULTS
5 201 Hillside Court M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm no pets
East Lansing, MI 48823
CAPITAL AREA COMM SERVICES - EATON COUNTY
7 1370 N. Clinton Trail M-F 8:00-4:30 no pets
Charlotte, MI 48813
CRISTO REY COMMUNITY CENTER
8 1717 N. High Street M-T & Th-F 8:00-5:00 no pets
Lansing, MI 48906
EATON AREA SENIOR CENTER
9 804 S. Cochran M-F 9:00 -4:00 no pets
Charlotte, MI 48813
ROCKING CHAIR DESERTERS 
10 201 Grand Ave M-Thur 9:00-3:30 no pets
Eaton Rapids, MI 4827
SPARROW SENIOR HEALTH CENTER
11 1210 W. Saginaw M-F 8-00-5:00 no pets
Lansing, MI 48915
GIER M and F  8:30A-5:00P no pets
12 2400 Hall Street T, W, Th 8:30-9:00
Lansing, MI 48906
FOSTER
13 200 N. Foster M&F  8:30-5:00 pets okay
Lansing, MI 48912 TWTh 8:30a-9:00p crate or leash
LETTS COMMUNITY CENTER
M-F
14 1220 W Kalamazoo M and F  8:30A-5:00P service animals only
Lansing, MI 48915 T, W, Th 8:30-9:00
LANSING MALL
15 5330 W. Saginaw Highway M-SAT 10:00-9:00 no pets
Lansing, MI 48917 SUN 12:00-6:00 service animals only
SPARROW HEALTH SYSTEM M-SUN 24 HOURS  no pets
16 1215 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48910 
MASON 1ST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE M-F 9:00-4:00 no pets
17 415 E. Maple Street
Mason, MI 48854
Charlotte, MI 48813
MEIJER LOCATIONS M-SUN 24 HOURS  no pets
18
EATRAN FOR EATON COUNTY M-F 6-6:00 service animals only
Eatran has 7 free sites and transports Call 543-4145 
19
SOUTH SIDE COMM CENTER M-F 8:30-9 no pets
20 5815 Wise Road Sat 8:30-5
Lansing, MI 48910  Sun-1:00-4:00
BAKER DONORA CENTER M-F 10:00-8:00 no pets
21 840 Baker St. Sat/Sun 10:00-5:00
Lansing, MI 48910 
ALLEN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER M-TH 12:00-5:00 no pets
22 1619 E Kalamazoo St F 12:00-5:30
Lansing MI 48912
MCLAREN GREENLAWN CAMPUS 7 Days 11:00-6:00 no pets
401 W. Greenlawn Av.
23 Lansing MI 48912
Women & Children's Lobby
Gar Hall M-F 8:30AM- 4:30PM
City Clerk's Office no pets
25 107 East Bellevue
Leslie, MI 49251
Onondaga Township Hall Mon: 9am-5pm
3756 Baldwin Road Tues/Thurs: 9am-12pm no pets
26 Onondaga, MI 49264 Wed: 1pm-5pm
Webberville Village Offices
115 South Main St. 8am-4pm M-F no pets
27 Webberville, MI 48892 9am-3pm Sat (Library)
Pennway Church of God
1101 E. Cavanaugh M-Th 9-4 no pets
28 Lansing, MI 48910 Fri 9am-1pm
Downtown Lansing Library M-Th 9am-9pm
401 South Capitol Av. Fri-Sat 9am-6pm no pets
29 Lansing, MI 48933 Sun 1pm-6pm

Wed  3pm-8pm
Aurelius Library
1939 South Aurelius Road M and Th 3pm-8pm
30 Mason, Michigan 48854 Wed  10am-1pm & 3pm-8pm no pets
T and Fri 3pm-6pm
Sat 10am-2pm
Dansville Library
1379 East Mason Street M and W 3pm-8pm no pets
31 Dansville, Michigan 48819 Tues and Th 10am
Fri 3pm-6pm
Sat 10am-2pm
Foster (Lansing Eastside) Library
200 North Foster Avenue M-Th 1pm-7pm no pets
32 Lansing, Michigan 48912 Fri and Sat 1pm-5pm
Haslett Library
1590 Franklin Street M-Th 10am-9pm
33 Haslett, Michigan 48840 Fri and Sat 10am-7pm no pets
Holt-Delhi Library M-Th 10am-9pm no pets
2078 Aurelius Road Fri and Sat 10am-6pm
34 Holt, Michigan 48842 Sun 12pm-5pm
Leslie Library
201 Pennsylvania Street M and W 2pm-8pm no pets
35 Leslie, Michigan 49251 T and Th 2pm-6pm
Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Mason Library M-Th 11am-8pm
145 West Ash Street Fri 11am-6pm no pets
36 Mason, Michigan 48854 Sat 10am-5pm
Okemos Library
4321 Okemos Road M-Th 9am-9pm no pets
37 Okemos, Michigan 48864 Fri and Sat 9am-7pm
Sun 1pm-7pm
South Lansing Library
3500 South Cedar Street M-Th 10am-8pm no pets
38 Lansing, Michigan 48910 Fri and Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm-5pm
Stockbridge Library
200 Wood Street M-Fri 11am-7pm no pets
39 Stockbridge, Michigan 49285 Sat 11am-5pm
Webberville Library
115 South Main Street M and Fri 2pm-6pm no pets
40 Webberville, Michigan 48892 T and Th 2pm-8pm
W 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Williamston Library M-Th 11am-8pm no pets
201 School Street Fri 11am-6pm
41 Williamston, Michigan 48895 Sat 11am-4pm

added 7/15/13



2011 Hot Weather and Health Survey Findings and Recommendations

Between June 6 and August 20, 2011 community partners in Ingham County, Michigan worked together to collect information from residents about their experiences with the increasing numbers of extremely hot days in the county. This work was funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) as part of their Climate and Health partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Michigan residents will continue to experience an increasing number of extremely hot days, particularly in urbanized areas where there is a heat island effect due to more paved areas and buildings and fewer trees angreenspaces.

Ingham County experienced numerous 90 degree days in 2011 and 2012. Emergency managers declared several days "heat wave emergencies". Media partners issued emergency warnings and promoted ways to prevent heat-related illness, including seeking refuge at cooling centers. Vulnerable populations include seniors, children, and low-income residents. These groups tend are more sensitive to heat and/or have fewer options for staying cool; getting to cooler locations; and obtaining food, water, medications and other emergency supplies and resources.

The goal of the  2011 survey and report is to help healthcare, emergency response and local and state agencies prepare residents for the increasing number of extremely hot days. Survey responses indicate that many Ingham County residents may not recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, may not understand which medications increase risk of heat-related illness and may not have emergency supplies available in the event of a heat wave emergency. ICHD Environmental Justice Coordinator, Jessica Yorko, and others are now implementing the final report recommendations by connecting with Ingham County emergency managers and providing information to seniors, parents, low-income residents and other Ingham County residents. For more information, contact Jessica Yorko at jyorko@ingham.org or 517-272-4144. 

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