News Flash


Posted on: June 13, 2022

High heat indices forecast, cooling centers open

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Warm temperatures with high humidity values will lead to heat indices approaching 100-107 degrees for all of Etowah County, each afternoon through Friday. 

The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. 

Your Gadsden-Etowah County EMA wants to take this time to remind all citizens of the importance of heat safety. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, and heat related illnesses can occur within a short period of exposure. 

Some populations are more susceptible to heat related illnesses: young children and infants, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and those who work outdoors.

Remember these tips:

  • It is NEVER safe to leave a toddler, disabled person, senior, or pet locked in a car. LOOK before you LOCK!
  • Heat Exhaustion = Dizzy or faint, excessive sweating, clammy/cold skin, nausea or vomiting, weak/rapid pulse, muscle cramps
  • Heat Stroke = Throbbing headache/ confusion, NO sweating, body temperature above 103 degrees, red/hot/dry skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid/strong pulse, may lose consciousness.
  • When outdoors – slow down, take frequent breaks in the shade, dress appropriately, and minimize your exposure to the sun
  • Eat light and drink plenty of water (not very cold).
  • Provide adequate shelter and water for pets.

Cooling Centers

Gadsden Public Library Cooling Centers (June 13 – June 17)

  • Main Branch
  • 254 South College Street
  • Mon, Wed, Fri : 9am-5pm
  • Tues, Thurs: 9am-7pm

  • East Gadsden Branch
  • 809 East Broad Street
  • Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

  • Genealogy Branch/Alabama City
  • 2700 West Meighan Blvd.
  • Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

The Salvation Army(June 13 – June 17)

  • 114 North 11th St
  • Cooling Center: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • *Shelter hours as normal

The Freedom Center(June 13 – June 17)

  • 1601 W Meighan Blvd
  • Cooling Center: Mon, Wed, Fri : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones at

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