EDWARDSVILLE — With temperatures soaring at or above 100 this week, Madison County is reminding residents of the availability of cooling centers.
“Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable,” Emergency Management Agency Director Todd Fulton said. “People need to be aware of who is at the greatest risk and what can be done to prevent it. We encourage anyone without air-conditioning to seek shelter in a cool place at a public building or to stay with family or neighbors.”
Cooling centers offer air-conditioned relief during periods of extreme heat or when an Excessive Heat Advisory or Warning is issued by the National Weather Service.
Fulton encourages the residents to check on their senior relatives, friends and neighbors, and others whose health may be affected by extreme heat, to see if they are safe during the high temperature days. Churches and other organized groups are also encouraged to check-in on the well-being of their members.
Fulton also encourages people to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
For energy saving ideas during the summer months, go to https://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tip
Here is a list of cooling sites in Madison County:
Village of Glen Carbon
Glen Carbon Police Department – Community Room
149 N. Main
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Glen Carbon Centennial Library
198 S. Main
Monday — Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday — Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City of Highland
Weinheimer Community Center
1100 Main St, Highland
Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Village of East Alton
Keasler Recreation Complex
615 Third St.
East Alton, Illinois
Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
East Alton Ice Arena
631 Lewis & Clark Blvd.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Village of Bethalto
213 North Prairie
9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
*Open to Village residents only
157 N. Main Street
Monday — Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Village of Godfrey
Godfrey Village Hall
6810 Godfrey Road
Monday — Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.