Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Wednesday AUG 21ST
BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
August 19, 2019
Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Wednesday
BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2019) With the heat index continuing to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Wednesday, August 21. The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.
“Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous to young children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions. I encourage all residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves as well as their families, neighbors, and pets.”
The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert during periods of heat that are severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore residents. Once a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert declaration is made, public messaging activities are undertaken to encourage safety when outdoors. Even on days when a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is not declared, it is important to take precautions.
All City Cooling Centers are FREE and open to the public. City residents who want cooling center information on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days can call 311. Individuals having a heat-related medical emergency or who are experiencing the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke should call 911.
The Mayor's Office of Human Services’ Community Action Partnership will open the following cooling centers on Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:
Northern Community Action Partnership Center 5225 York Road, (410) 396-6084
Southern Community Action Partnership Center (closed Sunday) 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center, 2nd floor), (410) 545-0900
Northwest Community Action Partnership Center 3939 Reisterstown Road, (443) 984-1384
Southeast Community Action Partnership Center 3411 Bank Street, (410) 545-6518
Eastern Community Action Partnership Center 1731 E. Chase Street, (410) 545-0136
The Health Department’s Division of Aging and CARE Services will also open the following locations as cooling centers on Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.:
Waxter Center for Senior Citizens 1000 Cathedral Street, (410) 396-1324
Oliver Senior Center 1700 Gay Street, (410) 396-3861
Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center 1601 N. Baker Street, (410) 396-7725
Hatton Center 2825 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9025
John Booth/Hooper Senior Center 2601 E. Baltimore Street., (410) 396-9202
Zeta Center 4501 Reisterstown Road., (410) 396-3535
Harford Center 4920 Harford Road, (410) 426-4009
The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will have the following locations as cooling centers Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.:
Chick Webb 623 Eden Street, 410-396-7593
Ella Baily 100 E. Heath Street, 410-396-4634
Locust Point 1627 East Fort Avenue, 410-837-4423
Herring Run 5001 Sinclair Lane, 410-396-3060
Samuel F.B. Morse 424 South Pulaski Street, 410-396-3717
Mary E. Rodman 3600 West Mulberry Street, 410-396-0477
Robert C. Marshall 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, 410-396-8490
Royal 120. West Mosher Street, 410-396-0374
Additionally, ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours Monday through Wednesday. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will also extend pool hours.
City residents can also find relief from the heat at:
Homes of family or friends with air conditioning
During the Code Red Extreme Heat season, the Baltimore City Health Department recommends that City residents:
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Reduce outside activities.
Stay inside during the hottest time of day (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
Seek relief from the heat in air-conditioned locations.
Check on older, sick, or frail people in your community who may need help responding to the heat.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods of time.
Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Seek medical help immediately if these symptoms occur:
High body temperature with cool and clammy skin
Hot, dry, flushed skin
Rapid or slowed heartbeat
Information on declared Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days will be shared on the Health Department’s website, via Health Department social media (Twitter: @Bmore_Healthy and Facebook: @BaltimoreHealth), through the Baltimore City 311 line, and with local news media.