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Metro Newsroom

Abramson Outlines Heat Relief Plans

Monday July 25, 2005

With the heat index set to exceed 100 degrees in Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging residents to use one of 37 available public buildings if relief from the heat is needed.

“We are fortunate to have a network of non-profit and volunteer agencies that work closely with the city to respond to situations like this. The support system we have in place is working well. We continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments accordingly,” Abramson said.

“The combination of heat and humidity is not only uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. We continue to focus on our most vulnerable residents… the elderly, young children and the homeless,” he said. Programming and staffing have been adjusted at 37 government buildings - including community centers, libraries and government centers - to make them available for heat relief. TARC is providing free transportation to those traveling to one of the locations. Riders can tell the driver they are going to a cooling location and the fare will be waived. (A full list of available heat-relief buildings follows.)

Emergency Air Conditioner/Fan Program If a resident is homebound with a medical condition and does not have air conditioning, emergency help is available through the Community Action Partnership (CAP). This city agency provides fans and window-unit air conditioners on an emergency basis. To apply or ask questions, call MetroCall at 311. So far, this summer, CAP has distributed 98 air conditioners and 19 fans.

Homeless Shelters go to ‘White Flag’
Four area homeless shelters funded by the city, Wayside Christian Mission, the Salvation Army, Volunteers of America and the Healing Place, have Operation White Flag in place. Under White Flag, no one needing a place to stay will be turned away from a shelter. Abramson said that volunteers from many organizations, such as the Samaritan Patrol, are working with the homeless population and taking supplies to those who choose not to come indoors. The Louisville Water Company is providing free water bottles to area shelters.

Health Department Heat Tips The Louisville Metro Health Department has the following recommendations to help residents weather this heat wave:
· If you don’t have air conditioning, keep your shades drawn with windows slightly open to provide ventilation;
· Keep lights off;
· Avoid using your oven;
· Take a cool shower or bath periodically;
· Use cool towels or washcloths for temporary relief;
· Drink lots of water or natural juices;
· Avoid alcohol, coffee and soda; and
· Wear loose cotton clothing.

“Perhaps the most important thing we all need to do is take care of each other. Now is the time to check on an elderly neighbor or a friend,” Abramson said.

Metro Government is working closely with agencies like ElderServe and Meals on Wheels to check on senior citizens’ well being. ElderServe volunteers place phone calls to senior citizens during crisis situations to check on their welfare. Meals on Wheels drivers have been notified to call 911 if a resident does not answer the door. Louisville Metro Police officers are also monitoring elderly residents on their regular beats.

Public Facilities Open for Heat Relief Government Centers Open
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Urban, 810 Barrett Ave. East,
200 Juneau Dr. Southwest,
7219 Dixie Highway Central,
7201 Outer Loop

Community Centers and Parks Facilities Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with water, seating, televisions, etc.
Baxter, 1125 Cedar Court
Beechmont, 205 West Wellington Avenue California, 1600 West St. Catherine Street Derby City, 4101 Cadillac Court
Douglass, 2305 Douglas Boulevard
Dumeyer, 1644 Squires Drive
Flaget, 4425 Greenwood Avenue
Newburg, 4810 Exeter Avenue
Parkhill, 1703 South Thirteenth Street
Portland, 640 North 27th Street
Shawnee, 607 South 37th Street
Shelby Park, 600 East Oak Street
South Louisville, 2911 Taylor Boulevard Southwick, 3621 Southern Avenue
Sun Valley, 6505 Bethany Lane
Sylvania, 6650 Sylvania Road

Libraries Hours vary by location but all open until 8 or 9 p.m.
Bon Air Regional, 2816 Del Rio Place
Crescent Hill, 2762 Frankfort Ave.
Fairdale, 10616 W. Manslick Rd.
Fern Creek, 6768 Bardstown Rd.
Highland-Shelby Park, 1250 Bardstown Rd. Iroquois, 601 W. Woodlawn Ave. Jeffersontown, 10635 Watterson Trail
Main Library, 301 York St.
Middletown, 200 North Juneau Dr.
Okolona, 7709 Preston Hwy.
Portland, 3305 Northwestern Parkway
St. Matthews/Eline, 3940 Grandview Ave. Shawnee, 3912 W. Broadway
Shively-Newman, 3920 Dixie Hwy.
Southwest Regional, 10375 Dixie Hwy. Western, 604 S. 10th St.
Westport, 8100 Westport Rd.