Monday, July 11, 2011 by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Heat Wave 2011: Stay Safe and Cool

Record temperatures this week can be dangerous for your health and safety. If you are homeless and living on the streets or staying in a shelter without air-conditioning, try and stay cool with the following suggestions:

1. Take advantage of Citywide Cooling Centers during the day. There are over 480 locations throughout the City. Centers open at 9 AM each day. To find a Cooling Center location near you, call 311 or enter your address in the Cooling Center Finder on http://gis.nyc.gov/oem/cc/index.htm. The agencies providing Cooling Center facilities are the NYC Department for the Aging, New York City Housing Authority, The Salvation Army, the Brooklyn Public Library, NY Public Library and Queens Library. Click here for a list of cooling centers near the homeless intake centers.

2. When the weather is this hot, a Code Red may be in effect for Drop in Centers. Centers that are not normally open 24 hours will remain open during the night and will provide chairs to sleep in. Please see the list of Citywide Drop in Centers on DHS's website and call 311 to determine if a Code Red is in effect.

3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

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