Hot Weather Tips
By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Douglas County Health Department Tips

Avoiding heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn

NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar. It’s best to limit outdoor activities to the cooler morning and evening hours. Athletes who are playing or practicing outdoors especially need to remain hydrated.
People 65 years of age or older are more at risk and you can help by checking on your elderly neighbors. Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you’re outside. With temperatures expected to push into the 90-degree range with high humidity, Douglas County will be experiencing the area’s first heat wave. Here are some warning signs of heat stroke:
  • An extremely high body temperature – more than 103 degrees Fahrenheit orally.
  • Red, hot and dry skin – that means no sweating.
  • A rapid, strong pulse and/or throbbing headache.
  • Dizziness, nausea, confusion or unconsciousness.
The warning signs of heat stroke require an immediate response, including making the person as cool as possible and then contacting a doctor.

Salvation Army Heat Relief

Cooling Stations
Fan Program

With the excessive heat warnings, The Salvation Army will operate community cooling stations at its North and South Omaha centers. The stations opened Monday and will remain open each day temperatures reach 90 degrees or above.

Cold drinks and light snacks will be offered at both locations. Donations of bottled water and individually packaged snack items are needed.

The North Omaha cooling station (2424 Pratt Street) will be open:

  • Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The South Omaha cooling station (4032 Harrison Street) will be open:
  • Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army Summer Fan program is also in need of donations. The supply of fans is nearly depleted.

New fans can be delivered to The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street or to a cooling center location.

Those in need of a fan should call 898-5860 to check on guidelines.

Monetary donations earmarked “Summer Fans,” may be sent to The Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE, 68131.

To make an on-line donation, visit

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