Monroe County’s emergency management agency is responding to a National Weather Service heat advisory that has been announced for a big area of the midwest—by opening nine cooling stations on Thursday and Friday.
Located in area fire stations, the cooling centers will be opened for Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28—from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
The news release from Monroe County’s EMA says that the cooling stations “serve the purpose of being a cool facility where individuals who don’t have ways of staying cool can come in for a short period of time to cool down and continue on their way.”
Monroe County EMA has created a map of the cooling station locations.
According to Monroe County EMA, the YMCA of Monroe County–Southeast, at 2125 S. Highland Ave., Bloomington, 47401 has also offered its facility during their business hours to cool down.
According to the NWS heat advisory, the high temperatures on Thursday and Friday are expected to be in the middle to upper 90s. This will produce heat index values between 100 and 109 during the afternoon and early evening hours, according to the NWS.
Some basic health advice from the NWS heat advisory includes the following:
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.
List of Monroe County cooling stations with map links
- Ellettsville Fire Headquarters
- Monroe Fire District Station 25
- Monroe Fire District Station 24
- Bloomington Fire Station 1
- Bloomington Fire Station 2
- Monroe Fire District Station 29
- Monroe Fire District Station 22
- Monroe Fire District Station 21
- Monroe Fire District Station 23
Monroe County’s EMA has suggested using the social a the social media hashtag #MoCoEMA to mark posts about severe weather events, to help make questions and answers about a given crisis easier to monitor.