Cooling Centers Available Starting Thursday, July 18



Beginning Thursday, July 18, 2019, extreme heat conditions will develop in southwest Michigan. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-90’s with heat indices in the low to mid 100 degree range. KDPS is urging residents to take precautions when outside to avoid heat-related medical emergencies. 

To prevent complications from the heat, residents are encouraged to:

  • Drink more fluids and avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol.
  • Limit outdoor activities to when it is coolest in the morning and evening.
  • Spend time indoors in air conditioning.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects a body’s ability to cool down.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives to determine if they need assistance.

To assist vulnerable populations during this extreme heat event, KDPS has partnered with the First Congregational Church located at 345 W. Michigan and the Douglass Community Center located at 1000 W. Patterson to provide cooling centers during the daytime hours.  The following is the day/time of operation of those centers:

First Congregational Church – Thursday and Friday Only

Hours of Operation:  Noon – 8 p.m.

Douglas Community Center – Saturday Only

Hours of Operation:  Noon – 5 p.m.

Should a heat-related emergency occur, please call 9-1-1.  For all other non-emergency requests, please contact Central Dispatch (non-emergency line) at 269-488-8911.


A partir del jueves 18 de julio de 2019, las condiciones extremas de calor se desarrollarán en el suroeste de Michigan.  Se esperan que las temperaturas se verán a mediados de los 90’s con índices de calor en el rango de bajo a medios de 100 grados.  KDPS está instando a los residentes a tomar precauciones cuando estén afuera para evitar emergencias médicas relacionadas con el calor.

Para prevenir complicaciones del calor, se alienta a los residentes a:

  • Beber más líquidos y eviten líquidos con grandes cantidades de azúcar y alcohol.
  • Limitar las actividades al aire libre a cuando esté más fresco, por la mañana y por la noche.
  • Pasar tiempo en el interior en el aire acondicionado.
  • Usar ropa ligera, de color claro y holgada.
  • Usar protector solar, ya que las quemaduras solares afectan la capacidad del cuerpo para enfriarse.
  • Mantenerse informados sobre los vecinos y parientes de edad avanzada para determinar si necesitan ayuda. 

Para ayudar a las poblaciones vulnerables durante este evento de calor extremo, KDPS se ha asociado con la Primera Iglesia Congregacional ubicada en 345 W. Michigan y el Douglas Community Center ubicado en 1000 W. Patterson para proporcionar centros comunitarios para enfriarse.  Las siguientes son las horas de operación de estos sitios:

Primera Iglesia Congregacional – jueves y viernes Solamente

Horario de operación: Mediodía – 8 p.m.

Douglas Community Center – Solo sábado

Horario de operación: Mediodía – 5 p.m.

En caso de emergencia relacionada con el calor, llame al 9-1-1.  Para todas otras solicitudes que no sean de emergencia, comuníquese con Central Dispatch (línea de no emergencia) al 269-488-8911.


Fire Hydrants Opened to Help Residents Beat the Heat

To help residents cool down during extremely hot weather, the City of Kalamazoo will open several fire hydrants daily between the hours of 1 and 9 pm. The locations, which are listed below, are chosen to provide a variety of locations while considering nearby traffic volume, protection of the water system, and overall public safety. Residents are also encouraged to use the splash pad on Florence Street, or the Kik Pool located at Upjohn Park. 

During warm weather, the unauthorized use of fire hydrants also increases. Residents are reminded that unauthorized private use of fire hydrants can cause serious injury to the person opening or closing them, as well as to individuals and traffic nearby. Improper opening and closing of hydrants can also cause damage to water infrastructure and disrupt water service to customers in the area. Residents are asked to call (269) 337-8148 to report any open fire hydrants in your area other than those listed below between the hours of 1 - 9pm.

Fire hydrants to be opened during extreme heat between the hours of 1 - 9pm: 

  1. Back end of Interfaith (building 1038) far NW corner
  2. Burrell and Lawrence
  3. Krom and Clay
  4. Washington and March
  5. Sherwood at Roosevelt Apartments
  6. Clarence and Jackson
  7. Hays Park and March
  8. Hays Park and James
  9. Charlotte and Sherwood
  10. Northway and Princeton
  11. Fairbanks and Center
  12. Church and Norway 



Please take steps to stay safe during the heat:

  1. Drink more fluids and avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol. 
  2. Limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest in the morning and evening. 
  3. Spend time indoors in air conditioning. 
  4. Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. 
  5. Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects a body’s ability to cool down. 
  6. Check on elderly neighbors and relatives to determine if they need assistance. 
  7. NEVER leave children or pets along in a car, even with the windows cracked.


Young Entrepreneurs Sought for First Ever Kids Market

Come and shop at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market's first ever Kids Market on Thursday, August 8 from 2 - 6pm! You'll find home-grown, hand-made, hand-produced, or re-purposed items made by folks 17 and under. You can RSVP on Facebook here:  

Would you or someone you know like to be a vendor at the Kids Market? Applications are now open! Be sure to read the Rules and Expectations. Follow this link to apply:

The regularly scheduled Thursday afternoon market will occur during this time as well. For more information on that market, please check out its event page:

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