To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City will open cooling centers throughout the five boroughs beginning at 8:00AM Thursday, July 7. Cooling centers are air conditioned facilities, such as libraries, community centers, senior centers and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies. To find the cooling center – including accessible facilities – closest to you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit www.nyc.gov/beattheheat after 1:00PM. The cooling center finder will be updated with real-time site information at 1:00 PM today.
CHECK ON THOSE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE HEAT:
- The Department of Homeless Services has issued a Code Red Alert and has enhanced outreach. Single adults can present to any shelter to seek refuge from the heat. Transportation is also available to cooling centers via DHS outreach teams, which are checking on vulnerable, at-risk clients with greater frequency.
- The Department for the Aging will open senior centers as cooling centers starting at 1:00 PM today, and home care agencies are on the lookout for clients who may need assistance. Case management agencies are also calling through home-bound seniors.
- A small but crucial gesture can help ensure that we all have a safe and healthy summer: Get to know your neighbors, and contact neighbors and relatives – in person or by phone – at least twice a day during heat waves.
- Pay special attention to the elderly, the very young and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. New Yorkers should check in on older neighbors who may be isolated from friends and family.
- Air conditioning is the best way to keep cool when it is hot outside, but some people do not have an air conditioner or do not turn it on when they need it. Encourage them to use air conditioning. Help them get to an air-conditioned place if they cannot stay cool at home. Make sure they are drinking enough water.