News Release

8/31/00

Houston Activates High Heat Emergency Plan

The City of Houston has activated itís Heat Emergency Plan. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for southeast Texas, Monday, July 17th. A heat advisory is issued when the heat index, a computation of the air temperature and humidity, reaches 108 degrees for two consecutive days.

During a Heat Emergency, everyone is urged to take extra precaution to protect themselves from heat illness and death. High risk groups, children under the age of five; adults age 55 and up; and people with chronic illness are urged to stay in air-conditioning at least during the hottest part of the day. Anyone living without air-conditioning is welcomed to seek air-conditioned shelter at any City of Houston library, Parks and Recreation facility or Health Department multi-service center.

People involved in outdoor labor or recreation should also consider altering their schedule to reduce heat exposure during the hottest part of the day. Prolonged heat exposure or strenuous physical activity may result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement beverages and rest frequently in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.

Houstonians needing transportation assistance to a city cooling center may call 713-837-0600 and ask for cooling centers. Transportation provided by Metro is available to 13 regional cooling centers. The cooling centers are:

Acres Homes Library 8501 W. Montgomery Rd..

Mon 12N-9PM; Tue-Sat 10AM-6PM; Sun 2PM-6PM

Alief Library 7979 South Kirkwood

Mon-Thur 10AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-8PM; Sun 2-6PM

Central Library 500 McKinney

Mon-Fri 9PM-9PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM; Sun 2-6PM

Collier Library 6200 Pinemont

Mon-Thur 10AM-9PM; Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM; Sun 2-6PM

Morris Frank Library 6440 West Belfort

Mon & Thur 12N-9PM; Tue 10AM-9PM; Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Heights Library 1302 Heights Blvd.

Mon & Thurs 12N-9PM; Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Jungman Library 5830 Westheimer

Mon-Thur 10AM-9PM; Fri-Sat 10AM-6PM; Sun 2-6PM

Kashmere Library 5411 Pardee

Mon & Thur 12N-9PM; Tue 10AM-9PM; Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Montrose Library 4100 Montrose Blvd

Mon &Thur 12N-9PM; Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Park Place Library 8145 Park Place

Mon-Thur 10AM-9PM; Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM; Sun 2-6PM

Robinson Westchase Lib. 3223 Wilcrest

Mon & Thur 12N-9PM; Tue 10AM-9PM; Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Stanaker Library 611 South Sgt. Macario Garcia Blvd.

Mon & Thur 12N-9PM; Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

Vinson Library 3100 West Fuqua

Mon & Thu 12N-9PM; Tue 10AM-9PM; Wed, Fri & Sat 10AM-6PM

There have been four confirmed heat related deaths in Houston since May 21, 2000. During the summers of 1998 and 1999, there were 22 and 21 heat deaths respectively.