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Human Resource Center Doubling as Cooling Center

Looking to cool off? Drop by the town's Human Resource Center in Mattituck.

Southold Town announced Friday morning that its will be offered as a cooling center until 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning around noon on Friday lasting until 10 p.m., stating that it would be "dangerously hot and humid" on the North Fork, with the heat index reaching possibly as high as 110 degrees.

An air quality alert is also in effect until 11 p.m. on Friday and a hazardous weather outlook until 10 p.m.

Karen McLaughlin, director of the Human Resources Center, said she is offering activities such as cards and movies, and sandwiches to fill up at the "comfortable cooling center."

Anybody with questions is asked to call McLaughlin, or Phyllis in the office, at 298-4460.

The NWS cautions that individuals reduce outdoor activity and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

According to the American Red Cross, heat exhaustion, more common than heat stroke, can often be spotted with cool, moist, pale or flushed skin. Dizziness, nausea and headaches can also occur.

The Red Cross states that heat stroke can result in red skin, rapid pulse, rapid, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness.

The Red Cross has a list of things to do while in cases of extreme heat:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Joan Hughes July 22, 2011 at 06:34 PM
So nice that this cooling center is available to those who need it.
Lisa Richland July 22, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Don't forget the summer hours of the libraries: Riverhead,(open 9am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5 pm on Saturday) Mattituck (open 10 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday), Cutchogue (open 9:30am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm Saturday, Southold (open 10am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5 pm Saturday) and Greenport open 10am to 8 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, and 1pm to 5 pm on Sunday). We are cool places on any day. And really cool on these hot days.

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