Responding to steamy and hot weather, forecast to stretch through Tuesday, June13th, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that the Town of Hempstead will open 14 cooling centers to help keep residents safe and healthy.
“People who don’t have an air conditioner or a cool place to stay during extremely hot weather can face genuine health risks,” said Santino. “That’s why Hempstead Town is opening 14 cooling centers and offering tips to ‘beat the heat’.”
Cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., commencing Monday, June 12th through Tuesday, June 13th:
-- 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 (until 4:30 PM)
-- 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
Santino also offered residents important tips on how to stay cool and be safe during the scorching 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.
“By taking some important and simple precautions, neighbors can protect themselves from the dangers of extreme heat,” concluded Santino. “Take advantage of our cooling centers and helpful tips to stay cool and comfortable.”
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).