As Summer Begins - Temperatures are Expected to Rise This Week

May 30, 2023

OEMC Provides Safety Tips and City Resources to Beat the Heat

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents to be prepared for temperatures reaching dangerous levels throughout the summer season. OEMC and city departments are reminding residents and visitors of the resources available to help alleviate the effects so everyone can stay healthy and safe.


Public safety is the top priority of the City of Chicago and OEMC will work closely with the National Weather Service in Chicago to monitor weather conditions throughout the season.

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While summer weather is something to look forward to in Chicago, we should all be responsible when it comes to excessively hot temperatures or extreme conditions that can lead to unhealthy impacts – especially over a duration of time. OEMC continues to monitor weather conditions daily with the National Weather Service (NWS) and will issue alerts for advisories and warnings in the event of extreme conditions.


To receive the latest updates on heat advisories and weather emergencies residents can register for the City’s emergency alert notifications at, check OEMC’s social media pages, tune to local media or download the Chicago OEMC App.


Cooling Centers and Tips

The City of Chicago’s cooling areas located at the City's six community service centers are activated. The cooling areas operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas. Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will provide free face coverings for guests who do not have one and want to utilize the cooling areas.

• Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street

• Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave. (24 Hours)

• King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove

• North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.

• South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.

• Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.


During hours of operation, residents can also find relief in one of the City’s Chicago Public Library locations and Chicago Park District fieldhouses as well as splash pads located throughout the city. Click HERE for Cooling Center Flyers


When the temperatures climb to extreme levels, it is important to check on relatives, neighbors, seniors, and our vulnerable population. If you are unable to make contact, you can request a wellbeing check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting, or calling 3-1-1. If there is a medical emergency due to a heat related illness, call 9-1-1.


The Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) advises property owners and building managers to check their electrical and cooling equipment to make sure it is in working order. On days when the heat index exceeds 80°F certain residential buildings must provide air conditioning in all apartments or have an air conditioned indoor common gathering area known as a cooling center. For additional information on the 2022 Cooling Ordinance visit


If conditions warrant, an extreme heat warning will be issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when the heat index is expected to exceed 105°-110°F for at least two consecutive days. Once issued, the city’s emergency response plan is activated.


Tips to Beat the Heat

• Stay hydrated – drink lots of water, AVOID alcohol, caffeine, sodas.

• Stay inside, if you do not have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.

• Keep electric lights off or turned down.

• Minimize use of your oven and stove.

• Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.

• Take cool baths and showers.

• Do not leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.


Chicago OEMC App

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the new Chicago OEMC App. The public safety tool provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, weather information and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current forecasts, radar, and other weather-related information as well. The app is now available through the Apple App and Google Play stores. To immediately download, click HERE or visit the website



Create a Smart911 profile now to include vital information to share with first responders if needed. A new feature has been added to include if you have air conditioning in your home or apartment for heat emergencies. This is useful information for first responders if they are responding to vulnerable residents, particularly seniors. The edit your profile or sign-up, visit


Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakefront notices, issues affecting businesses or events:

• CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5

• CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3


For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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