Mid-Michigan cooling centers open for July 2019 heat wave

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (07/18/19) - With 72-hours of heat warnings in place as Mid-Michigan heads into the weekend, many events are making changes to keep people safe.

Some are canceling plans, others are putting extra safety measures in place for the crowds. We advise you check ahead before heading out because of the extreme forecast.

As always, when things heat up outside, be sure to avoid leaving kids or pets in hot cars for any length of time.

Plan your outdoor activities wisely, take lots of breaks, drink extra water, and wear light, breathable clothing. Check on the senior citizen population too, the heat can be quite serious, especially with limited access to air conditioning.

Anyone who needs a place to go to cool off can always stop by a store or mall where they keep the temperature more controlled. Libraries, movie theaters or local museums are a good option too, just check their daily schedule or hours of operation.

There is also a list of cooling centers opening specifically to serve as a shelter for those in need of a break from the heat. Many of them are area senior and community centers, so if you don’t see one on the list, give your local center a call.

Here is a fluid list of the locations made known to ABC12:

Genesee County
Brennan Community Center
Burton Senior Center
Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center
Carriage Town Ministries
Clio Senior Center
Davison-Richfield Senior Center
Eastside Senior Center
Flushing Senior Center
Forest Township Area Senior Center
Grand Blanc Senior Center
Hasselbring Community Center
Krapohl Senior Center
Loose Senior Center
Montrose Senior Center
Oak Street Health
Pierce Senior Center
Swartz Creek Senior Center

The North End Soup Kitchen said it would remain open during dangerously hot days starting at 11:00 a.m.

It said it would also be giving away cold water in the lobby of the Center for Hope and in its Community Closet.

The Swartz Creek Fire Department will be opening the hydrant behind Fire Station 1 to give kids of all ages a chance to cool off. In a post on the department’s Facebook page, they’ll be doing it Thursday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. each day.

In Fenton Township, the Civic Community Center at 12060 Mantawauka Drive will use its lower level to the public as a cooling center. It will be open both Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office says the Venice Township Hall/ Fire Department will also be open Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. If needed, it may stay open up to 6 p.m.

For details associated with the following locations, click on the 'Related Links' section of this web article:

Bay County
Saginaw County
Shiawassee County

If you are traveling to the center of the state or know anyone in need of a cooling center in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties, there is a link to a complete list included in the list as well.

If you know if any other cooling centers in mid-Michigan, please comment below or call our newsroom at (810) 233-3130 to let us know, we can always add to this list. Stay safe!

As an added bonus, we're also including a link to an extensive local guide to splash pads, beaches, pools and water parks created by the Mid-Michigan Moms group as an option to keep cool in style. Make sure to pack extra sunscreen and water!

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