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Cooling Centers: Here’s where to escape dangerous heat

Cooling Centers: Here’s where to escape dangerous heat
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 9:51 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 9:42 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Cooling centers remain open around Greater Cincinnati Wednesday amid a heat wave and thousands still without power from severe storms Monday night.

Daytime highs will reach 96 degrees, but feel-like temperatures will soar to 105 to 110 degrees.

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the entire Tri-State until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Feel-like temperatures are expected to reach 107.

Crossroads West Side, Oakley, East Side and Florence buildings opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday “for anyone who wants to sit in the air conditioning, grab a soda, charge devices or get some work done,” said Crossroads spokeswoman, Eric Caproni.

“The Mason location, which previously was closed because it had no power, is open with its power restored, Crossroads said Wednesday.

Crossroads West Side, East Side and Oakley will also remain open.

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Crossroads locations:

  • West Side: 8575 Bridgetown Road (Cleves, OH 45002)
  • Oakley: 3500 Madison Road (Cincinnati, OH, 45209)
  • East Side: 4450 Eastgate S Dr. (Cincinnati, OH, 45245)
  • Florence: 828 Heights Blvd. (Florence, KY, 41042)

Each of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s recreation centers are open as cool shelters during their normal hours of operation with the exception of Bond Hill and Winton Hills which are closed due to power outages, according to city spokesman Rocky Merz.

Each recreation center is listed below.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is open during normal business hours. The branches in Bond Hill, College Hill, Harrison and Walnut Hills are experiencing power outages. Call 513-369-6900 before visiting.

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is also open during normal business hours for members and nonmembers. Call 513-362-9622 for more information.

Miami Township in Hamilton County has set up a cooling center at 3780 Shady Lane, North Bend, 45052. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The City of Loveland has opened a cooling center at Loveland High School, 11801 Rich Road. Residents should enter door number 12.

The Blue Ash Recreation Center is open for a cooling center until 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Open to Blue Ash residents with a Blue Ash driver’s license.

When we asked Butler County officials if they were opening cooling centers, their EMA director, Matt Haverkos, directed us to MidPoint Libary System’s five locations in the eastern portion of the county as facilities open to the public.

The libraries are all closed on Sundays until after Labor Day.

  • MidPointe Library Middletown: 125 South Broad Street, Middletown; Hours Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
  • MidPointe Library Liberty Township: 7100 Foundry Row, Suite S-234 (inside Liberty Center’s Foundry Building, 2nd floor between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillards), Liberty Township. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • MidPointe Library Monroe: 1 Tennessee Avenue, Monroe; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • MidPointe Library Trenton: 200 Edgewood Drive, Trenton; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • MidPointe Library West Chester: 9363 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We asked a city spokeswoman if Middletown planned to open cooling centers.

She responded that the city and Duke Energy are working to get power restored to the approximately 14,000 customers as quickly as possible.

“We recommend that citizens reach out to faith-based organizations to see if they have power and offer a cool place,” a city spokeswoman, Melissa Knight, wrote in an email to FOX19 NOW.

She provided reminders and tips from the city’s health department related to heat emergencies and alerts this week:

  • Recycle fresh air indoors by putting fans in the windows
  • Coffee, tea, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages are natural dehydrators; DRINK WATER
  • Do any outdoor activities before noon and after 6 pm
  • Check on elderly family or neighbors often
  • Check with local churches to see if they are offering cooling centers throughout the day and early evening
  • For those able to drive and go places, complete errands during the heat of the day to access cooling in grocery stores, banks, libraries, etc

The Atrium Medical Center in Middletown is being used as a cooling center.

“With the ongoing power outages in the area, we anticipate an influx of people who will need oxygen support,” Jennifer Burcham with Atrium wrote in a press release. “Outlets will be available at Atrium Medical Center for those who need to plug in portable oxygen concentrators.”

A cooling area at the hospital is available for any discharged patients whose homes may be without power.

Available cooling centers in Warren County.
Available cooling centers in Warren County.(Warren County Emergency Management Agency)

Warren County is also supplying several cooling centers for those in the area.

Places to visit to get cool

Friends/Family homes

Faith-based facilities – check with community churches

Feeding programs like Salvation Army

Local library

Grocery stories

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