Milwaukee County activates heat plan

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- With high temperatures blanketing southeast WIsconsin, a number of Milwaukee County departments have emergency heat plans in place.

Department on Aging

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) is working with all of their partner agencies to make daily phone and in home checks on vulnerable residents. They are also asking people to check on their elderly friends, family and neighbors.

MCDA is a member of the City of Milwaukee’s Heat Task Force and is working with city agencies on steps that should be taken in the event of a heat advisory or heat emergency. During heat advisories or emergencies some senior centers will stay open for extended hours to provide a place for county residents to cool off.

Call 414-289-6874 for a list of cooling center sites and hours. More information on heat and the elderly can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Department of Health and Human Services 

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Community Services Branch is helping local agencies educate high-risk clients on heat precautions. All Community Based Residential Facilities are air conditioned and staff is on hand 24/7 to watch for signs of heat exhaustion/heat stroke. During a heat advisory, case managers will make daily face to face or phone contact with clients.


Milwaukee County Parks wading pools are open daily with varied hours between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the five area splash pads are open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Deep well swimming pools are open from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily with evening hours from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Hales Corners, Jackson, Sheridan and Wilson on Mondays and Wednesdays and Holler, Kosciuszko, McCarty, Grobschmidt and Washington on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Consider visiting any one of our seven area beaches including Bradford, McKinley, Doctors, South Shore, Grant, Bay View or Bender.

You can also cool down at one of our Aquatic Parks; Cool Waters at Greenfield Park and David F Schulz at Lincoln Park are open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For a detailed list of all aquatic facility locations and hours please visit