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Monday, June 23, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston Activates Heat Emergency Plan  

The City of Houston has activated its Heat Emergency Plan. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory expected to remain in effect for southeast Texas through Thursday, June 26. 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 such as adults age 55 and older, children under the age of five and people with chronic illness are urged to stay inside air-conditioned buildings between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., the hottest part of the day. Anyone living without air-conditioning can seek air-conditioned shelter at any City of Houston library, Parks and Recreation facility or Houston Department of Health and Human Services 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 311 and ask for cooling centers. Transportation provided by Metro is available to 11 regional cooling centers. The cooling centers are:

Acres Homes Library, 8501 W. Montgomery Rd.
Mon 12PM-8PM; Tue 10AM-6PM; Wed-Sat 12PM-6PM
Alief Library, 7979 South Kirkwood
Mon& Wed 10AM-8PM; Tue & Thur 12PM-8PM; Fri 12PM-6PM; Sat 10AM-6PM
Blue Ridge, 7007 W. Fuqua
Mon12PM-8PM, Tu & Thur-Sat 12PM-6PM; Wed 10AM-6PM
Central Library, 500 McKinney
Mon-Thur 9AM-9PM, Fri & Sat 9AM-6PM; Sun 2 PM-6PM
Collier Library 6200 Pinemont
Mon & Wed 10AM-8PM; Tu & Thur 12PM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM; Sat 9AM-6PM
Morris Frank, 6440 W. Bellfort
Mon & Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM
Jungman Library, 5830 Westheimer
Mon &Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM
Montrose Library, 4100 Montrose Blvd
Mon & Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM
Robinson Westchase, 3223 Wilcrest
Mon & Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM
Stanaker Library 611 South Sgt. Macario Garcia Blvd.
Mon & Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM
Vinson Library 3100 West Fuqua
Mon & Thur 12PM-8PM; Tue-Wed & Sat 10AM-6PM; Fri 12PM-6PM

Two heat-related deaths, one in Houston and another in Harris County, and four heat-related illnesses, have been reported to the Houston Department of Health and Human Services this year.

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