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About This Heat

I asked NOLAReady if there are cooling stations, and they pointed me to their website https://ready.nola.gov/incident/heat-advisory-june-2022/heat-advisory-issued-june-2022/. I’d hoped for some buses and water distribution, and there is nothing near our neighborhood, which is discouraging; the Nix is not yet open. I’ve copy-pasted the info below:

NEW ORLEANS – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Thursday, June 16th through Tuesday, June 21st  from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values – that is, temperatures that “feels like” – 108 to 112 degrees in New Orleans on Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 18th. Slightly drier air may keep peak heat index values in the 100-105 degree range from Sunday through Tuesday (6/19/22 – 6/21/22).   

These hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit https://weatherwise.nola.gov/ to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities. 

Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the following locations: 

  • Arthur Monday Community Center is open Friday, 7 am – 4:30 pm (1111 Newton Street, Suite 101. New Orleans, LA 70114)
  • Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (2020 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113)
  • Andrew P. Sanchez Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 8 pm (1616 Fats Domino Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117)
  • For the homeless population:
    • Ozanam Inn has a cooling area from 5:30AM – 6:30PM daily (2239 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70119)
  • All New Orleans Public Library locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with the following exceptions: 
  • Nix is closed for Capital Projects.  
  • Alvar only has contactless pick up at this time.  
  • Hubbell is closed Thursday, June 16, due to facilities issues. 
  • All locations will be closed on Monday, June 20th, in commemoration of Juneteenth. 

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat: 

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day. 
  • If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening. 
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun. 
  • Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. 
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated. 

For more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool, visit https://ready.nola.gov/plan/heat/  

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70 degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly, to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency.  

Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

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