Heat Emergency Season Approaches

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

Good morning AWS Partners,

Summer will soon be here, and with it, the possibility of heat emergencies.

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. Please share this document to use with clients that could be at risk during extreme heat events.

Additionally, a heat checklist that providers can use to find out what providers can do and also what symptoms to watch for can be found here: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/ehs/provider-heat-checklists.pdf

Older adults, people with chronic medical, psychiatric conditions, and those taking certain medications should consult with their doctors about potential complications due to extreme heat.

If an at-risk client has an air conditioner, encourage him or her 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 visiting New York City's cooling centers when open.

Information is important to your success. Advance Warning System messages such as these will be sent out to let you know of any potential heat emergencies and if the City is opening cooling centers.

Stay safe this summer!

NYCEM Human Services Unit:
Human Services email distribution list (includes all Human Services Staff): humanservicesesflist@oem.nyc.gov

May 25, 2016