Where to get help in heat

June 6, 2008 1:50:16 PM PDT
As the city of Philadelphia announces an excessive heat warning, the "Heatline" goes into operation

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's "Heatline": 215-765-9040 8:30AM-Midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad St., open Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 AM-4PM.

Mercer County, New Jersey, has designated its 9 branch libraries as cooling centers. they will be open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM tomorrow, and 9:30 AM to 9 PM on Monday.

In conjunction with the National Weather Service's excessive heat warning for the area, the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health has issue its own heat warning. This activates the city's special summer heat programs, including home visits by special field teams, operation of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's "Heatline, enhanced outreach for the homeless, and the buddy system - the city's effort to encourage the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors. Dr. James Dean, the medical director for the Health Department, urged everyone to visit family, friends, and neighbors, to ensure their homes are well ventilated, and fans and air conditioners are working. In a statement, Dr. Dean said, "In a heat wave, the majority of the victims are older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Heat can also endanger pregnant women, small children, those who work in high heat environments, and those doing strenuous physical activity. People who do not have air conditioning are encouraged to seek relief for at least part of the day in shopping malls, movie theaters, senior centers or other cool public spaces.