Summer is here and temperatures and humidity are expected to continue to rise. As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has announced 120 state facilities that are available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Below is a list of cooling centers around the McLean and Livingston County areas:
All government offices in Livingston County
Illinois Department of Human Services, 501 W. Washington St., Bloomington 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Illinois Department of Human Services, 207 S. PROSPECT Rd, Bloomington 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Click the link here http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx and enter your zip code to find out information about local cooling centers near you.
If you do not own a cooling system, The Salvation Army of McLean County is distributing fans to people without air conditioning from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 28 at the Corps Community Center, 611 W. Washington St., Bloomington. Those who wish to donate new or gently used fans or window air conditioners may do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Corps Community Center.
In addition, here are some helpful tips to stay cool during the summer:
Check daily on neighbors, friends and family members who may be at greater risk of heat-related illness
Stay hydrated (drink plenty of water, fruit juice, Gatorade)
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing; wear a hat or use an umbrella for shade.
Avoid activity during the hottest part of the day