City Resources Available During Extreme Summer Heat
Tuesday June 26, 2012
With summer temperatures predicted to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of city facilities and other resources available to help cope with the heat. Mayor Greg Fischer is also urging people to check in on their neighbors and those at high risk of having heat-related problems including the elderly.
Cooling locations and other steps people can take for heat relief include:
- Visit one of eight Neighborhood Place locations throughout Louisville as a cooling relief center for those needing to get out of the heat, open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). To find the location nearest you, call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/NeighborhoodPlace/
- Stop in at one of Metro Parks’ 15 community centers for cooling relief. Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/communitycenters/ for locations
- Find relief at one of the 18 Louisville Free Public Library branches. Visit www.lfpl.org for locations
- Take advantage of Metro Parks’ pools, spraygrounds and spraypads. For a complete listing of locations and hours, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/recreation/summerpools.htm
- 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), 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 Public 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.