Cooling Center Information

An Excessive Heat Warning will continue through Saturday in Northwest Indiana.  Cooling centers are available across the Region:  (Refresh to update list)

Town of Griffith departments are preparing for the extremely high temperatures which are expected throughout the week. In order to ensure the safety of our residents, a temporary cooling center will be made available at the Griffith Central Fire Station. Residents without access to shelter of a safe temperature can request shelter by responding to the Griffith Police Department lobby located at 115 N Broad St. If residents are unable to provide their own transportation to the center, they are encouraged to call 219-924-7503 or 911. Residents who wish to utilize the cooling center are encouraged to bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and other essentials, as well as snacks, medicines, and other items to hold them over during their time at the center.

Residents should call 911 for emergency services, but please be aware that power outages should be reported to NIPSCO at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) or by texting “OUT” to 444111, and also know that neither police nor dispatch can advise of when power will be restored. However, information about widespread outages can be gained by logging onto the NIPSCO outage webpage at:

Citizens of Griffith are also encouraged to check on seniors or anyone else who may be more prone to suffer from the affects of these extreme conditions. Citizens can call 911 should they feel the need for police or fire personnel to check on the welfare of anyone at risk.

Information with relation to the services available during this extreme weather will be updated on the Griffith Police, Griffith Fire, and other Town of Griffith Facebook pages, the Town of Griffith website (, as well as telephonic Code Red messages. Please take time and care to watch out for each other and be extremely safe throughout these coming days. Thank you.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. has announced that due to the extreme heat expected this week, the City of Hammond has identified several buildings as cooling centers, including: The Jean Shepherd Center, the Lost Marsh Golf Course Clubhouse and Hammond City Hall.

Individuals may use these facilities during regular operating hours if necessary to cool down from temperatures that are predicted to remain high through the weekend. Also, the splash pad at Hessville Park is a great way to cool off and is free to the public.

“I would ask our residents to check in on their neighbors, especially senior citizens who are most vulnerable by the extreme heat,” stated Mayor McDermott. ”Stay hydrated and wear light weight, light colored clothing. If power outages occur and it becomes necessary, we will open the Jean Shepherd Center and Lost Marsh Clubhouse overnight”


An excessive heat warning is in effect through Saturday evening for Northwest Indiana.

Temperatures will be peaking in the 90s each day and the heat indices peaking at 102 to 112 each day.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Have a cool place to shelter from the heat. Avoid outdoor activity, especially strenuous ones, drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and check on relatives and neighbors. Those without air conditioning, elderly, small children and pets are especially susceptible.

Cooling centers are located at the following locations along with numbers to call if doors are not open.

Chesterton Town Hall 726 Broadway, Chesterton – Chesterton Policy Department non-emergency 926-1136

Hebron Fire Dept. 109 N. Washington St, Hebron – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Hebron Police Dept. 611 N Main, Hebron – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Kouts Fire Dept. 108 E. Mentor St, Kouts – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Lake of 4 Seasons Fire Station 745 E 275 South, Hebron – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Ogden Dunes Fire Dept. 111 Hillcrest Rd. Ogden Dunes – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Woodland Park 2100 Willowcreek Rd. Portage – Dispatch non-emergency 477-3170

Porter Community Building 500 Ackerman Dr. Porter – Chesterton Dispatch non-emergency 926-7611

Porter Fire Station 550 West Beam St. Porter – Chesterton Dispatch non-emergency 926-7611

Valparaiso YMCA 1202 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso – during normal business hours

Porter County Public Library 103 Jefferson St. Valparaiso – during normal business hours

Vale Park Enrichment Center 605 Beach St. Valparaiso – Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.