Health Commissioner Declares Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Sunday through Monday

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D’Paul Nibber: Office: 410-545-0823, Cell: 443-571-8816

BALTIMORE, MD (August 16, 2019)  With high temperatures forecasted for the Baltimore region and a heat index expected to reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has issued a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert for Sunday, August 18th through Monday, August 19th.  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 citizens. 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 Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Monday 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 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Monday:

  • 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

Additionally, ShopRite Howard Park (4601 Liberty Heights Ave, 21207) will be open as a community cooling center during their regular hours Sunday and Monday. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will also extend pool hours.

City residents can also find relief from the heat at:

  • Stores
  • Malls
  • Movie Theaters
  • Homes of family or friends with air conditioning
  • Restaurants
  • Libraries
  • Museums

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:
    • Confusion
    • Nausea
    • Lightheadedness
    • 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, Health Department social media (Twitter: @Bmore_Healthy and Facebook: @BaltimoreHealth), the Baltimore City 311 line, and with local news media.

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