Columbia County Emergency Management Identifies Cooling Sites

(Columbus) Authorities in Columbia County have identified several cooling centers to help those who need to get through Thursday and Friday’s heat wave. In Columbus, people can go to the Senior Center or Public Library. In Cambria, the village’s Community Room is open to the public along with the Jane Morgan Memorial Library. Village halls in Fall River and Randolph are also air conditioned along with the Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph. Hours vary by location. A complete list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Columbia County Health and Human Services is offering assistance to persons who may need a ride to a cooling center. The assistance available is for individuals who are more vulnerable to the effects of heat such as seniors and those with disabilities.  Please contact 608-742-9213 during regular business hours if you need assistance.

Columbia County Emergency Management says this type of weather can be extremely dangerous to humans and animals.  Make sure to check on the elderly. If you are attending events outside, make sure to take plenty of water. If you do not have air conditioning go to a public building such as a library, stay with family or friends, or go take in a movie or two.

If you are going to a shelter, take the following items with you:

       Bring your own food and water

       Bring medications with you

       Bring games, books, or playing cards

       Bring diapers

       Bring toys for your children to play with

       NO PETS will be allowed at the shelters


Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

General symptoms of heat exhaustion include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea. Skin may become clammy and moist or hot and dry. The onset of heat stroke can be rapid and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, immediate actions should be taken to reduce body temperature.


The following actions are recommended when temperatures are above 90 degrees:

       Drink more fluids during hot weather to avoid dehydration. Rapid weight loss may be a sign of dehydration.

       During the hottest part of the day stay in a cool place, preferably air-conditioned.

       Do not plan strenuous activities during the warmest part of the day.

       Use fans to increase ventilation unless temperatures exceed 90° (at which point fans become ineffective in reducing heat-related illness).

       Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath to reduce body temperatures. In addition, wet clothing has a cooling effect.

       Make frequent checks on the status of elderly or ill relatives or neighbors and move them to an air-conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.

       Pets and livestock should be checked frequently and kept out of direct sunlight if possible and have plenty of water available.


Cooling locations:

City of Columbus

Columbus Senior Center

125 N. Dickason Blvd., Columbus

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 623-5918


Columbus Public Library

223 W. James Street, Columbus

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 623-5910


City of Lodi

Lodi City Hall

130 S. Main Street, Lodi

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 592-3247


Lodi Women’s Club Library

130 Lodi Street, Lodi

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 592-4130


Lodi Area EMS

715 N. Main Street, Lodi

Monday – Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 592-7123


Reach Out Lodi

601 Clark Street, Lodi

Monday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 592-4592

Contact (608)          if additional hours are needed

Contact (608)          if food or water is needed


City of Portage

Portage Municipal Building (lower level community room only)

115 West Pleasant Street, Portage

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact (608) 742-2176


Portage Public Library

253 W. Edgewater Street, Portage

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 742-4959



City of Wisconsin Dells

Kilbourn Public Library

620 Elm Street, Wisconsin Dells

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 254-2146


Wisconsin Dells Municipal Pool

510 Veterans Drive, Wisconsin Dells

Monday – Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Contact (608) 254-2238

The municipal pool is offering free admission during normal operating times.


Village of Cambria

Cambria Community Room

115 West Edgewater Street, Cambria

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Jane Morgan Memorial Library

109 West Edgewater Street, Cambria

Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 348-4030


Village of Doylestown

If anyone is in need of a cooling center call the Columbia County Dispatch Center non-emergency number (608) 742-4166 Extension 1 and the Fire Department will be notified.



Village of Fall River

Fall River Village Hall

641 South Main Street, Fall River

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.



Village of Pardeeville

Pardeeville Village Hall

114 Lake Street, Pardeeville

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 429-3121


Angie William Cox Library

119 N. Main Street, Pardeeville

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 429-2354


Pardeeville EMS Building

501 Gillette Street, Pardeeville

Call (608) 429-9089 if no one answers the door at the EMS Building.

Village of Poynette

Poynette Public Library

118 North Main Street, Poynette

Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Contact (608) 635-7577



Village of Randolph

Randolph Village Hall

248 W. Stroud Street, Randolph

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 326-4600


Hutchinson Memorial Library

228 N. High Street, Randolph

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 326-4640



Village of Rio

Rio Community Library

324 W. Lyons Street, Rio

Monday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Contact (920) 992-3206



Village of Wyocena

Wyocena Community Center/Library

165 E. Dodge Street, Wyocena

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Closed Friday & Sunday