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Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is a long period (typically 2-3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90°F. Learn how to be prepared below.

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If You Are Under An Extreme Heat Warning:

Those at the greatest risk of heat-related illness include:

  • Infants and children under 4 years old
  • People over 65 years old
  • People who are overweight
  • People who are ill or on certain medications


Find Air Conditioning, If Possible


Avoid Strenous Activities

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Never Leave People Or Pets In A Closed Car

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Check On Your Family And Neighbors

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Drink Plenty Of Fluids


Wear Light Clothing

Recognize & Respond

Know The Signs And Ways To Treat Heat-Related Illness.

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Heat Exhaustion

Signs: Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of a cool sports drink with salt and sugar.

Get medical help if symptoms last more than an hour.


Heat Cramps

Signs: Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms, or legs.

Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of a cool sports drink with salt and sugar.

Get medical help if symptoms last more than an hour.

Emergency heat

Heat Stroke

Signs: Extremely high body temperature (above 103°F) indicated by an oral thermometer; red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat; rapid, strong pulse; dizziness; confusion; and unconsciousness.

Actions: Call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.

Whitman County Cooling Stations

During times of extreme heat take shelter when possible, if you do not have access to a place with AC there are several locations in Whitman County offering shelter

Pullman Police Dept. Lobby

Mon-Sun Open 24hrs

Neill Public Library

Monday through Friday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Albion Library

Tues. 3:30pm-6:30pm

Wed. 9:00am-1:00 pm

Thurs. 3:30pm-6:30pm

Colfax Library

Mon. – Fri. 10am – 6pm

Sat. 10am – 2pm

Colton Library

Mon. 10am-2:30pm

Thurs. 2:30pm-6:30pm

Endicott Library

Tues. 1pm-5pm

Fri. 9am-2pm

Farmington Library

Tues. 2:30pm-5:30pm

Thurs. 2:30pm-5:30pm

Garfield Library

Mon. 1pm – 6pm

Wed. 10am – 2:30pm

LaCrosse Library

Tues. 2pm-6pm

Thurs. 10am-2pm

Malden Library

Mon. 2pm-6pm

Wed. 2pm-6pm

Oakesdale Library

Mon. 11am–4pm
Wed. 1pm–6pm

Palouse Library

Tues. 11am-6pm

Thurs. 11am-6pm

Fri. 11am-6pm

Rosalia Library

Tues. 10am-2pm & 3pm-5pm
Thurs. 3pm-7pm
Sat. 10am-2pm

St. John Library

Mon. 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Wed. 2:30pm-6:30pm

Fri. 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Tekoa Library

Tues. 1:30pm-6pm

Wed. 1:30pm-6pm

Thurs. 10am-4pm

Uniontown Library

Wed. 2pm-6pm

Fri. 9:30am-1:30pm