Another week of extreme heat is on tap for our region, and Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito want to make sure Town of Hempstead residents don’t have to sweat it out. The officials have announced that cooling centers will be open today, August 15th through Friday, August 19th.
“This unforgiving summer continues, and heat and humidity pose health risks to many of our residents,” stated Santino. “I urge our residents to remain cool and safe by taking advantage of the many cooling centers available throughout the town.”
The following cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., from Monday, August 15th through Friday, August 19th:
· Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin, (516) 546-7110
· Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, (516) 221-9696
· Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177 (open until 4:30 p.m.)
· East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow, (516) 794-2458
· Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont, (516) 354-4777
· Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl. Franklin Square, (516) 328-3010
· Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810
· Levittown Senior Center, 555 N. Newbridge Rd., Levittown, (516) 433-5454
· Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777
· Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside, (516) 766-8888
· Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt (516) 867-1612
· Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440
· Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale (516) 292-1313
· Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (516) 538-5050
· Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh (516) 785-8505
“Shelter from the heat is priceless when the thermostat reaches the extreme levels we have experienced this summer,” added D’Esposito. “Please do not hesitate to visit one of our many cooling centers.”
Santino also offered these tips on how to beat the heat and stay safe during the intense heat:
· Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
· Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM. Consider performing these tasks in the early morning or evening hours.
· When in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head.
· Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
· Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
· Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.
· NEVER leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
· Check on elderly family members, friends and neighbors.
· When indoors, use an air conditioner or fans to cool rooms if available.
· Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.
· Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.
· Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.
· Seek help if you feel symptoms of heat-related illness.
· Find a cooling center.
“The Town of Hempstead will continue to provide a safe location for residents during this extreme weather,” concluded Santino. “Cooling centers provide a welcoming environment to combat against this scorching summer.”
Note: Residents who experience electrical outages during this heat wave should contact PSEG (text “out” to PSEGLI , call 800-490-0075, or visit www.psegliny.com).