B'more declares Code Red Heat Alert, Weds., Thurs.
This just in from Baltimore City's Health Department:
"Because of predicted high temperatures and potential danger accordingto the Baltimore Heat Watch Warning System, Interim Health Commissioner Olivia D. Farrow is declaring Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th Code Red Heat Alert days.
"Baltimore City will open emergency colling centers. Each center will have cool air, water and ice available."
And this, from the National Weather Service:
"HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE HEAT INDEX
VALUES NEAR 100 DEGREES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...AND 100
TO 105 DEGREES THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING."
The Community Action Program will operate five centers around the city. These centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday:
Northern Community Action Center -- 5225 York Road
Southern Community Action Center -- 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor)
Northwest Community Action Center -- 3939 Reisterstown Road
Southeastern Community Action Center -- 3411 Bank Street
Eastern Community Action Center – 1400 E. Federal Street
The Commission on Aging and Retirement Education will operate five additional cooling centers. These centers will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday:
Waxter Center -- 1000 Cathedral Street
Oliver Center -- 1700 Gay Street
Sandtown-Winchester Center -- 1601 Baker Street
Hatton Center -- 2825 Fait Avenue
John Booth -- 229 1/2 S. Eaton Street
Zeta Center -- 4501 Reisterstown Road
The Jewish Community Center, a private facility unaffiliated with the City, has expressed its wish to be listed as an additional cooling center for those in need. It will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and is located at 5700 Park Heights Avenue.
"Most reports have indicated that this week will be dangerously hot and humid. If you have to spend time outside, keep tabs on how you are feeling physically, and take frequent water breaks," said Interim Health Commissioner Olivia Farrow. "We want people to do what it takes to take care of themselves, as well as spread the word about the resources the city is offering."