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Emergency Management

Heat Shelters


Current Conditions: Fair
Current Temperature: 89.0°F
Current Heat Index: 94°F

The following facilities are available as heat shelters.


Name Location Phone Hours

1 Carrie J. Mays Center

1014 11th Ave.
Augusta

706-821-2827

10:30AM-7:00PM

2 Bernie Ward Center

1941 Lumpkin Rd.
Augusta

706-790-0588

9:00AM-8:00PM

3 Blythe Center

3129 HWY 88
Blythe

706-592-4988

9:30AM-6:00PM

4 Henry H. Brigham Center

2463 Golden Camp Rd.
Augusta

706-771-2654

11:00AM-8:00PM

5 May Park

622 4th Street
Augusta

706-724-0504

9:30AM-8:00PM

6 McBean Center

1155 Hephzibah/McBean Rd.
Hephzibah

706-560-2628

8:30AM-6:00PM

7 Sand Hills Center

2540 Wheeler Rd.
Augusta

706-842-1912

9:00AM-5:00PM

8 W. T. Johnson Center

1606 Hunter St.
Augusta

706-821-2866

9:00AM-12:00PM

9 Warren Road Center

300 Warren Rd.
Augusta

706-860-2833

10:00AM-7:00PM

10 Diamond Lakes Regional Park

4335 Windsor Spring Rd.
Hephzibah

706-772-2418

6:00AM-8:00PM


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.

  1. Install window air conditioners snugly as possible; use insulation if necessary.
  2. Weather-strip all doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  3. Check heating and cooling ducts for proper insulation.
  4. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  5. Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

During extreme heat

  1. Stay indoors, limit exposure to the sun.
  2. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  5. Stay on the lowest floor of your residence and out of the sun if air conditioning is not available.
  6. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.
  7. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
  8. 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.