COOLING / HEAT SHELTERS

Richmond County Emergency Management (For reference only. Call for updates)

The following facilities are available as cooling/warming shelters in Augusta.

Name Location Phone
1 Carrie J. Mays
Center
1014 11th Ave.

Augusta

706-821-2827
2 Bernie Ward Center 1941 Lumpkin Rd.

Augusta
706-790-0588
3 Blythe Center 3129 HWY 88

Blythe
706-592-4988
4 Henry H. Brigham
Center
2463 Golden Camp Rd.

Augusta
706-771-2654
5 May Park 622 4th Street

Augusta

706-724-0504
6 McBean Center 1155 Hephzibah/McBean Rd.

Hephzibah
706-560-2628
7 Sand Hills Center 2540 Wheeler Rd.

Augusta
706-842-1912
8 W. T. Johnson
Center
1606 Hunter St.

Augusta
706-821-2866
9 Warren Road Center 300 Warren Rd.

Augusta
706-860-2833

Extreme Heat Information

Overexertion or overexposure during extreme heat can cause many heat related illness. It is important to minimize activity and exposure as much as possible.
Persons who are sick or overweight and older adults or children are more likely to be effected by heat related illnesses. It is important to take protective measures during extreme heat to minimize the risks for you and your family.

Prepare for extreme heat

There are several measures, which can be taken to prepare for and minimize the effects of extreme heat.
Install window air conditioners snugly as possible; use insulation if
necessary.

Weather-strip all doors and sills to keep cool air in.

Check heating and cooling ducts for proper insulation.

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

During extreme heat

Stay indoors, limit exposure to the sun.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Drink plenty of water.

Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

Stay on the lowest floor of your residence and out of the sun if air conditioning is not available.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

You may wish to spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as schools, shopping malls, libraries, and other community facilities.

Heat related illnesses and first aid

Sunburn
Symptoms: Skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever, headaches.

First Aid: Take a shower, using soap, to remove oils that may block pores preventing the body from cooling naturally. If blisters occur, apply dry, sterile dressings and get medical attention.

Heat Cramps
Symptoms: Painful spasms usually in leg and abdominal muscles. Heavy sweating.

First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue.

Heat Exhaustion
Symptoms: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Weak pulse. Normal temperature possible. Fainting, vomiting.

First Aid: Get victim to lie down in a cool place. Loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue. If vomiting occurs, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke)
Symptoms: High body temperature (106+). Hot, dry skin. Rapid, strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. Victim will likely not sweat.

First Aid: Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal. Move victim to a cooler environment. Try a cool bath or sponging to reduce body temperature. Use extreme caution.
Remove clothing. Use fans and/or air conditioners. DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS.

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