UPDATE: Heat Alert Extended & Area Cooling Center Information

UPDATE: Heat Alert Extended & Area Cooling Center Information

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Jul 15, 2013

Hot weather is expected to continue for the rest of the week so Cooling Centers will remain open through Friday, July 19.

Cooling Centers offer Tri-County (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton) residents a place to go to escape the heat for at least a few hours a day. This is especially important for seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

Free rides to Cooling Centers are available for residents with a physical and financial need through CATA, EATRAN, and Clinton Area Transit. Residents should call 2-1-1 for more information.

Hot weather to do list:

  • Make sure pets have plenty of water and a cool place to rest.
  • Check on neighbors or family members without air conditioning who may have a hard time getting out of their home.
  • Take care of yourself by avoiding strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day and by spending at least a few hours a day in a cool place.

Heat index temperatures will be in the low 90s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering this year’s first activation of the It’s a Cool Thing to Do program. 

Under the program, when meteorologists determine that heat and humidity are reaching dangerous levels in mid-Michigan, A Cool Thing To Do is activated. Community organizations and businesses become Cooling Centers to welcome those who do not have air conditioning at home. 

Free rides to cooling centers are available to those with a physical and financial need through CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Area Transit. 

To find a cooling center or to determine if they are eligible for a free ride, area residents should dial 2-1-1. 

During extreme heat conditions everyone is urged to spend at least a few hours a day in a cool place. This is even more important for the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. Take care of yourself and others in the heat. 

As a rule of thumb, heat index temperatures of 93-102 degrees will warrant a “condition orange—heat alert,” and 103 degrees and above will establish a “condition red—heat warning.” Meteorologists will also take other factors into consideration, such as the length of time that temperatures are expected to remain high, when making the determination. 


Eaton County residents can call 2-1-1 for more information

Cooling Centers Identified in Eaton County:


  • Charlotte City Hall, 111 E. Lawrence, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., no pets.
  • Eaton Senior Center, 804 S. Cochran, Charlotte Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., no pets.
  • Lansing Mall, 5330 W. Saginaw, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., no pets.
  • Meijers, Contact Store Managers, Monday-Sunday, 24 hours, no pets.
  • Eatran, seven free sites and transport call 517-543-4145, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 pm, no  pets.
  • Eaton Rapids Medical Center, 24 hours, no pets.
  • Olivet Public Library, Monday - Friday 9-4, no pets.
  • Potterville City Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets.
  • Bellevue Village Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets.
  • Dimondale Village Hall, Monday-Friday 9-5, no pets.
  • Roxand Twp Hall, 100 Ionia St, Mullken - pet friendly open as needed.
  • Vermontville Village Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets.
  • Vermontville Library, Tuesday 1-8 pm, Wed, Thurs & Friday11am- 6 pm, Saturday 9-1, no pets.
  • Village of Mulliken, 263 Main, Mulliken - cold water and pet friendly.
  • United Brethern Church, 8436 Grand Ledge Hwy, Sunfield noon to 9 p.m..
  • Sunfield-Sebewa-Danby Fire Department.


Cooling Centers Available in Jackson County:

Sheriff Steve Rand reports that due to high heat and humidity in the forecast the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today announced the opening of cooling centers in Jackson County. Cooling centers are facilities that are air-conditioned and open to the public. 

The centers are located at the Jackson County Department of Aging from 8am-5pm M-F, Lifeways 8am-7pm M-F, and King Recreation Center 8am-4:30pm M-Th and Friday from 8am-3:30pm. 

Additionally the Jackson Transit Authority (JTA) is offering "hot tickets" when the temperature reaches 93 degrees or when the heat index is above 102 degrees. These tickets are free to and from cooling center locations. Tickets are located at cooling center stations and the central transfer station. This is restricted to the city bus system only, and does not include the reserve a ride program.

Jackson College says local residents can escape this week's hot temperatures by coming to its main campus. The college is using the George Potter Center’s Robert Snyder Dining Room as a cooling site. 

Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees several days this week, with high humidity. Area residents are invited to cool off in the air conditioned Potter Center cafeteria, which is located on the first floor. The cafeteria offers comfortable seating with a variety of large and small-screen TVs. Food service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday through Thursday. 

Bus service is available from downtown Jackson to Central Campus throughout the day Monday-Friday.