Baltimore releases Code Red Heat Alert Plan
As we enter summer-like conditions this weekend, the city has released its Code Red Heat Alert Plan. When health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot declares a Code Red Heat Alert, the city will open emergency cooling centers, which will provide cool air and free water.
From the city's release:
The Community Action Program will operate five centers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays:
• Northern Community Action Center -- 5225 York Road
• Southern Community Action Center -- 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center
• Northwest Community Action Center -- 3939 Reisterstown Road
• Southeastern Community Action Center -- 3411 Bank Street
• Eastern Community Action Center – 1400 E. Federal Street
The Office of Aging & CARE Services will operate five additional cooling centers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
• 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
Last summer, 919 patients entered city emergency departments with heat-related illnesses, according to the health department. Nearly one-third of patients were 65 or older, and there were 9 hyperthermia-related deaths.
For more information on the cooling centers, call 311 or visit www.baltimorehealth.org/coderedinfo.html.