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Sun Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin
Wednesday July 20th, 2016 :: 02:22 p.m. CDT


Heat Advisory

City of Sun Prairie
Heat Advisory Response
July 20, 2016

An extreme heat advisory has been issued across southern Wisconsin for Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22. Temperatures are expected to reach a heat index in the upper 90’s to 110 degrees. These are extremely dangerous conditions and the Sun Prairie Police Department urges the community to take preventative action.

The following heat related illnesses may occur and could lead to death:

Heat Cramps - cramps or muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs. Solution: Stop activity. Cool down, drink clear juice or sports drink.

Heat Exhaustion - heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, fainting. Solution: Cool down, seek medical attention.

Heat Stroke - extremely high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, unconsciousness. Solution: Alert emergency services and cool the victim with shower or hose until help arrives.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides the following information:

To avoid dehydration, a conscious effort should be made to drink more fluids during hot weather. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.

Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90° F, at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness.

Cool showers, baths and sponge baths can be used to reduce body temperatures. Wet clothing also has a cooling effect.

Spend the hottest part of the day in a cool, preferably air-conditioned place. If you do not have air conditioning at home, try to get to a location that does, such as a public library, community center, or a shopping mall, or visit a nearby cooling center. For information about potential cooling centers near you or other options, dial 2-1-1.

Make frequent checks on the status of elderly or ill relatives or neighbors. If necessary, move them to an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day. People on certain medications may be more susceptible to the heat and special precautions may need to be considered. 

Other Considerations:

The City of Sun Prairie does not currently have 24 hour cooling stations available for citizens. Public buildings (Public Library, West Community Building, East Community Building) are available for use during hours of operation. The police lobbies are open 24 hours a day. 

The library hours are as follows:

 Thursday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
 Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Colonial Club Senior Center is located at 301 Blankenheim Ln. in the City of Sun Prairie. This facility will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. on Thursday and Friday for those seeking shelter with controlled temperature.

The Sun Prairie Police Department can be contacted for shelter resources for those without housing.

No one should be left in a closed or parked vehicle for any amount of time.

Special consideration should be given to pets during this time frame. Pets should not be left outside or in a vehicle for any amount of time. Pets should be checked on periodically throughout the advisory.

The highway department urges caution while driving due to the potential of buckling roadways. These situations should be immediately reported by dialing 911 for emergency response and repair.

If you must be outside, take frequent breaks to replenish fluid and rest in a cool place. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. From 2000 to 2009, excessive heat claimed an average of 162 lives a year across the country.

In 1995, two major killer heat waves affected most of Wisconsin, resulting in 154 heat-related deaths and over 300 heat-related illnesses. Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-related killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes and severe storms.

The Sun Prairie Police Department recognizes the severity of this weather and will closely monitor the current situation.

Sun Prairie Police Department, Wisconsin
300 East Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 608-837-7336

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