Village of Oak Park announcements - July 18, 2013

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By Community Editor

Courtesy village of Oak Park

Heat advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for the entire Chicagoland area and beyond through early Friday evening. Officials recommend avoiding outdoor activities during the heat of the day, wearing lightweight, loose fitting clothing and drinking plenty of water. More weather-related information is posted at

Well-being checks essential

Residents are urged to check on relatives, friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable to heat-related illnesses or not have access to air conditioning. Those especially susceptible to the effects of heat include infants and young children, the elderly, people with mental illness and the physically ill, particularly those with heart disease or high blood pressure.

Cooling centers offer relief

Resident who don't have access to air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of Oak Park's free cooling centers at Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., and West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. Free transportation is available by calling the Police Department's non-emergency telephone number, 708-386-3800. Relief from the heat also can be found during business hours at Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and all three branches of the Oak Park Public Library. Residents 60 and older can call 708-383-4806 if transportation is needed to the air conditioned Oak Park Township Senior Services facility, 130 S. Oak Park Ave.

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