The temperature will probably soar into the 90s and the humidity is high, combining to create unpleasant and potentially dangerous weather conditions for some residents. In response to Mother Nature’s hot and sticky climate, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is opening 14 cooling centers across the town to provide a comfortable respite from the heat and welcome relief from weather-related health hazards.
“This hot and humid weather can be very unpleasant,” observed Santino. “What’s worse, it can present serious health risks. That’s why I am inviting residents to seek refuge from the heat at one of 14 cooling centers that are open throughout our town.”
Cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. commencing Thursday,
July 20th through Friday, July 21st: The following is a list of centers available to the public.
-- 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 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 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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.
“Taking important steps to protect yourself from the dangers high temperatures is important,” concluded Santino. “I invite residents to take advantage of the town’s cooling centers during this heat wave.”
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).