By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) — The Chicago area is bracing for a heat wave, the hottest stretch of weather in more than five years.
In Chicago, officials are standing by to deal with the hot weather as heat index levels could heat 110 degrees Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. They are reminding people to stay indoors as much as possible, avoid intense outdoor activities, especially during midday and stay hydrated.
The city is also asking people to check on senior neighbors especially those who have health issues or disabilities. People can call 311 for a wellness check.
The Salvation Army is opening up facilities to serve as cooling centers from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Chicago Temple Corps Community Center, 1 N. Ogden
Mayfair Community Church, 5020 N. Pulaski
Freedom Center, 825 N. Christiana Avenue (lobby is open and water is available)
Red Shield Center, 945 W. 69th Street (7 a.m. – 8 p.m., lunch available if needed)
In the suburbs:
Aurora Corps Community Center, 437 E. Galena, Aurora
DeKalb Corps Community Center, 830 Grove St., DeKalb
Elgin Corps Community Center, 316 Douglas Avenue, Elgin
Waukegan Corps Community Center, 850 Green Bay Rd., Waukegan
The list of Salvation Army cooling centers will be updated at www.salarmychicago.org/stories.
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