Officials from the Shawano and Menominee Emergency Management and Public Health urge residents to protect themselves from heat-related illness. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 90’s today and middle to upper 90’s on Saturday. Heat indices will reach 100 to 105 degrees during the afternoon and early evening hours both days.
Signs of heat illnesses
- This include muscular pains and spasms resulting from heavy exertion. These symptoms are often the first signal that the body is suffering from excessive heat
- Symptoms are profuse sweating, thirst, nausea, fatigue. Skin is cold and clammy
- Symptoms are hot, dry skin, the absence of sweat, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. This is a life threatening condition. Call 911
They ask everyone to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, and to check on their family, friends, and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme heat. If you must stay in a home without air-condition, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
- Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids. Increase fluid intake even if you are not thirsty.
- Avoid strenuous activities. This is particularly true during the hottest time of the day. Individuals who perform strenuous work during the heat of the day are especially at risk
- Never leave pets or people, especially children and infants, unattended in cars during a heat wave.
Public cooling centers will be open at the following sites
- Menominee County Courthouse in Keshena: lower level on Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
- Shawano County Courthouse in Shawano: lower levels rooms B and C from noon to 4:30 p.m.
- Shawano County Library in Shawano: Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
If symptoms of hear-related illness occur, cool the body as soon as possible and call 911. Please contact the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department at 715-526-4808 or visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ heat safety webpage and watch their heat safety video for more heat related information.