Mayor Outlines Resources Available for Heat Relief
Wednesday July 19, 2006
With temperatures in the mid 90s today and a heat index at 100 degrees, Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a reminder of city resources available to residents for heat relief.
“We want people in Louisville to know that help is available if they are looking for ways to beat the heat this summer,” Abramson said. “And I want to encourage people to look out for each other, especially the elderly and those with health problems. Make sure you check periodically on your elderly neighbor or relative.”
The city has compiled the following list of resources that are available to Louisville residents.
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 Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. The city agency provides fans and window-unit aid conditioners on an emergency basis. To apply or ask questions about the program, call 574-1157 or MetroCall 311. So far this summer, CAP has distributed 41 air conditioners and 6 fans.
Senior Nutrition Sites
The city and partner agencies operate 24 Senior Nutrition Sites in Louisville where residents over the age of 60 may receive a nutritious lunch throughout the year. The lunches are generally served at 11:30 a.m. Residents may enjoy social activities and interaction with peers while having some relief from the heat. Residents should make reservations one day in advance. Lunches are free; donations are appreciated. For a complete list of locations and hours, please call 574-6325 or MetroCall 311.
The city is working closely with agencies like ElderServe and Meals on
Wheels to monitor the health and safety of senior citizens.
Click here to see a list of Human Services service locations in the Louisville Metro area (136kb PDF file), including the Urban Government Center, Senior Nutrition Centers, Adult Day Cares, Office of Youth Development and Neighborhood Places.
Metro Parks Pools
Residents may cool off by visiting one of the city’s 11 outdoor pools that are operated by Louisville Metro Parks. Weekday hours are generally 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $1.50 for children and $2 for adults. Each pool is closed one day a week for maintenance. To find our more about hours of operation or to find a pool near you, call 897-9949 or MetroCall 311. The list is also available online by visiting www.louisvilleky.gov/metroparks/recreation/summerpools.htm. The Mary T. Meagher indoor facility just off of Frankfort Avenue on Reservoir Road in Crescent Hill is open throughout the year for recreational swimming.
Louisville Free Public Library
Residents, especially those with children, may visit one of the city’s 17 library branches. The branches are generally open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week. Adults and children may choose to read a book or use a computer. Recreational opportunities for all ages are also offered at many locations. For a complete list of hours, activities and sites, call 574-1611 or MetroCall 311. The information is also available online by visiting www.lfpl.org.
Health Department Heat Tips
The Louisville Metro Health Department has the following recommendations to help residents weather the summer heat:
- If you don’t have air conditioning, keep your shade 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 and washcloths for temporary relief;
- Drink lots of water or natural juices;
- Avoid alcohol, coffee and soda; and
- Wear loose, cotton clothing.
A variety of TARC routes are also available to residents who may prefer making a trip to their destination in an air-conditioned bus instead of walking.