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The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) advises New Yorkers that extremely hot weather is forecast for this weekend. NYDIS and OEM remind Houses of Worship and all New Yorkers to take appropriate precautions because high temperatures and humidity can cause serious illness, particularly among seniors and those with chronic medical conditions.

To Download NYDIS Tip Sheet for NYC Religious Leaders on Extreme Heat Safety: click here
The National Weather Service is expecting the following temperatures in New York City.

Friday – High temperature of 96 degrees – high heat index of 98 degrees.
– High temperature of 93 degrees – high heat index of 97 degrees.
– High temperature of 90 degrees – high heat index of 94 degrees.

New York State Department of Health issues Air Quality Advisory

The New York State Department of Health of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for Richmond, Kings, Queens, New York, and Bronx Counties. It will be in effect from 1PM to 10 PM Thursday, July 17th.

Official Notice as follows:

Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. the higher the aqi value...the greater the health concern.

When pollution levels are elevated...the new york state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. people who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young...and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician

To assist New Yorkers during the heat, OEM will open cooling centers throughout all five boroughs on Saturday and Sunday. Cooling centers are public places, such as senior centers and community centers, where air conditioning is available. New Yorkers can call 311 or log on to www.nyc.gov/oem beginning tomorrow morning to find the nearest cooling center.

These Cooling Centers include DFTA Cooling Centers, the NY Public Library and The Salvation Army will also have all its 39 Community Centers operating as Cooling Centers.

The 2008 Cooling Assistance Program provides free air conditioners with installation to New York City residents that are at risk for heat-related illness or exacerbation of a chronic health condition, including qualifying seniors and people with disabilities.  The links below provide more details and documents documents to download.  For more information;
  • Seniors can call (212) 442-3026 for more information. 
  • Service Providers can call (212) 442-3055 for more information.
To download the application click here

  • People with disabilities under 60 can find contacts below.
For an application or more information contact:

For at-risk patients 60 years of age and over:
All NYC residents NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)
WRAP – 2008 CAP
2 Lafayette Street, 16Floor
New York, NY 10007
Call 311
For at-risk patients under 60 years of age:
Manhattan residents Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp
Dan Rieber, Director
Phone: 212-822-8300
Bronx residents Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corp
Barry Seebachan, Director
Phone: 718-299-0500
  Association for Energy Affordability
Francis Rodriguez, Director
Phone: 718-292-6733, ext. 211
Queens residents Margert Community Corp
Suzanne Miller, Director
Phone: 718-471-3724
  Community Environmental Center, Inc
Olga Souto, Coordinator
Phone: 718-784-1444, ext. 118
Brooklyn Residents Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp
Wendell Rice, Director
Phone: 718-638-5705
Staten Island residents Northfield Community Development Corp
Jim Reilly, Director
Phone: 718-442-7351, ext 41

The 2008 Cooling Assistance Program is a collaboration with the NYS Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance, NYS Office for Aging, NYC Department for the Aging, NYC DOHMH and the NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services.

Heat illness is serious. For some, it can be life-threatening. You can avoid it by staying in an air-conditioned environment. The risk for getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:
  • Are younger than 5, or older than 64
  • Have chronic medical or mental-health conditions
  • Take medications, which can disrupt the regulation of body temperature
  • Are confined to their beds or unable to leave their homes
  • Are overweight
If you have a medical condition or take medications, check with your physician about precautions during hot weather. Family, friends, and neighbors who are at high risk will need extra help during this period of extreme heat. Think about how you can help someone you know get to an air-conditioned place.

Ready New York - Beat the Heat Tips:
  • Use an air conditioner if you have one.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as an air-conditioned store, mall or movie theater, or visit a cooling center.
  • Fans can help if the air is not too hot. They work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside. Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open.
  • Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
  • If possible, stay out of the sun. When you're in the sun, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, wear a hat to protect your face and head, and use sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to protect exposed skin.
  • Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool - sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.
Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. Look for symptoms of heat illness:
  • Hot, dry skin or cold, clammy skin
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Confusion, hallucinations, disorientation
  • Heart or lung disease such as congestive heart failure, angina or emphysema and they do not feel well. The added stress caused by heat can aggravate heart or lung disease even without symptoms of heat illness.
Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have these symptoms.

Spray Caps & Fire Hydrants:
Opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure, which can cause problems at hospitals and other medical facilities and hinder fire-fighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps. Children can also be at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic. Call 311 to report an open hydrant.

Hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap. One illegally opened hydrant wastes up to 1,000 gallons of water per minute, while a hydrant with a spray cap only puts out around 25 gallons per minute. Spray caps can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses.

Conserve Energy:
During periods of extremely hot and humid weather, electricity use rises which can cause power disruptions.
  • Don't set your air conditioner thermostat lower than 78 degrees.
  • Use air conditioners only when you're home, and only in rooms you're using. If you want to cool your home before you return, set a timer that turns on no more than 30 minutes before you arrive.
  • Turn off nonessential appliances.
For more information on coping with extreme heat:


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