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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

City Urges Citizens to Stay Safe During Heatwave

Monday July 11, 2011

Updated on Monday, July 18th

Community centers, libraries and spraygrounds
help keep residents cool

With summer temperatures expected to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are again encouraged to take advantage of resources available to help them beat the heat.

  • Visit one of eight Neighborhood Place locations throughout Louisville as a cooling relief center for those needing to get out of the heat. To find the location nearest you, call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 or visit
  • Stop in at one of Metro Parks’ 14 community centers for cooling relief. Visit for locations
  • Find relief at one of the 18 Louisville Free Public Library branches. Visit for locations
  • The Community Action Partnership offers assistance with obtaining fans and air conditioners.
  • Program requirements are that applicants must be age 60 or older, have a medical condition, or have a child under 6 in the household. Applicants also cannot have obtained an air conditioner within the last 5 years or a fan within the last 3 years. This program is available to residents of Jefferson County who are income eligible (125% or below the federal poverty guidelines). For more information, call 574-5624.
  • Take advantage of Metro Parks’ pools, spraygrounds and spraypads. For a complete listing of locations and hours, visit
  • The Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the Operation White Flag program to ensure that homeless people can find shelter during severe weather. Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or heat index is 95 degrees or higher. A white flag flies outside each participating shelter to show that Operation White Flag is in effect. All persons needing shelter can stay at the participating Operation White Flag shelter while weather conditions persist. The participating Operation White Flag shelters are St. Vincent de Paul (1034 S. Jackson St.), Salvation Army (831 S. Brook St.), The Healing Place (1020 W. Market St. (Men) and 1503 S. 15th St. (Women)), Volunteers of America (Men), and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).
  • In addition, three Day Shelters can be used during Operation White Flag: Jefferson Street Baptist Center (733 E. Jefferson St.), St. John Center (700 E. Muhammad Ali (Men)), and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).

The Louisville Metro Health and Wellness Department offers the following tips:

  • Avoid long periods out in the blazing heat. Take frequent breaks.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors
  • Drink lots of water and natural juices
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages or beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and soda
  • Keep lights turned off
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically; use cool towels
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing outdoors
  • Avoid heavy meals
  • Avoid using your oven
  • Reduce physical activity
  • If you feel you need emergency medical attention due to heat, call 911 immediately.

For more information visit the Health & Wellness website.