Heat Advisory Monday

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Good Afternoon AWS Service Providers,

The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to New Yorkers with disabilities and access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions:

The New York City Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today are advising that hot weather that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations is expected to continue through today, Monday, July 20, 2015. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to remain in excess 95 of degrees.

NYC Emergency Management urges New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions. New Yorkers who are vulnerable should use air conditioning to stay cool, go to a place that has air conditioning if it is not available at home, drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day. New Yorkers are urged to check in on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors to help them stay cool.

City cooling centers will be open today to help New Yorkers stay cool. Cooling centers are air conditioned facilities, such as Department for the Aging (DFTA) senior centers, libraries, and community centers, that are open to the public during heat emergencies. To find the cooling center closest to you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4155) or visit NYC Emergency Management's Cooling Center locator at www.nyc.gov/oem.

The New York City Parks Department's public pools are also a great way to keep cool and they'll be kept open until 8PM today due to the heat advisory. Most of the pools feature wheelchair accessible ramps or lifts. Click for public pool locations and accessibility information: http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/outdoor-pools

We are encouraging all organizations that serve individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs to continue monitoring constituents throughout this heat event. Organizations like yours play a critical role in preventing some of the most devastating effects of extreme summer heat.

During periods of very hot weather, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs are at a greater risk for heat-related illness. Older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, and those taking certain medications should consult with their doctors about complications due to extreme heat.

Please click here to read the Department of Health's Heat Wave Preparedness Checklists for Vulnerable Populations Service Providers

If at-risk clients have an air conditioner, encourage them to use it during a heat event. If an at-risk individual does not have an air conditioner, discuss other options for staying cool, such as New York City's cooling centers.

Hot weather is also dangerous for pets. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly so give your pet plenty of water when it's hot out. Make sure to provide your pet a shady place to escape from the sun and hot asphalt and never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. Signs of an overheated pet include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, an increased heart or respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures or an elevated body temperature over 104 degrees. Pet owners should make sure that all open windows feature tightly secured screens to prevent falling injuries and deaths. Similarly pets should not be left unsupervised around a pool.

Click here for more pet safety tips from the ASPCA.

Please do all that you can to keep yourself and your constituents safe and cool through this extreme heat!

NYCEM Human Services Unit:

Human Services ESF List email distribution list (sends to all listed below): humanservicesESFList@oem.nyc.gov

Christopher Pagnotta
Advance Warning/Community Outreach Specialist
Cell: 347-578-1485

Johanna Conroy
Director of Human Services
Cell: 917-662-3295

Marianne Jackson
Special Needs Liaison
Cell: 646-879-7232

Eli Fresquez
Senior Human Services DAFN Planner
Cell: 347-386-0389

Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Program Manager
Cell: 917-468-2768

Jonas Ballreich
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Cell: 347-374-1058

Jay Brandt
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Manager
Cell: 646-596-3147

Marnie Suss
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 917-468-1728

Annette Santiago
Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources
Cell: 347-534-7028

Sonia Ajwani
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7684

Elizabeth Angeles
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7754

July 20, 2015