The City of Chicago Offers Residents Safety Tips and Resources to Beat the Heat

June 21, 2024

OEMC will continue to monitor conditions with the National Weather Service


CHICAGO – With continued heat and humidity, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages residents to be prepared for extreme heat and severe weather impacts. As extreme weather can be hazardous and unpredictable, OEMC and City departments are reminding residents and visitors of safety tips and the resources available in a heat emergency to help alleviate the impact.

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 conditions. Should emergencies, severe storms or extreme heat arise, OEMC will coordinate the City’s response by working with departments citywide to assist residents and vulnerable populations.
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.
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 Open on Friday, June 21 and through the Weekend
The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) will open the Garfield Service Center at 10 South Kedzie from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for cooling and 24/7 to connect residents to shelter.  For additional information about the city's cooling centers please call 3-1-1, visit and City of Chicago Social Media.
Park District and Chicago Public Library Locations
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 pools and splash pads located throughout the city. City of Chicago :: Cooling Areas
Renaissance Court at the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 East Washington will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Well-Being Checks
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 well-being 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.
OEMC and Ironheart (Marvel)
OEMC has teamed up with Marvel Comics to reinvigorate how OEMC emergency managers communicate with residents on public safety and emergency management topics. Fans of the Marvel Universe will recognize the star of the new OEMC campaign, Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart. Marvel Images:
The goal of this partnership is to bring preparedness tips and safety information to all age groups, from young kids to adults, with themed messaging featuring the fan-favorite character. Severe Weather and Excessive Heat are two of the topics illustrated through stories featuring Ironheart. Beat the Heat with Ironheart - YouTube
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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