Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that the City of Annapolis will open the Pip Moyer Recreation Center Tuesday, July 16, as a cooling center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Center is located at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.
According to the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management, temperatures are expected to be in the middle and upper 90s for the next four days. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation that can cause heat illness. Make sure to:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Stay in an air-conditioned room
- Stay out of the sun
- Check on elderly relatives and neighbors
- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening
Never leave small children or pets unattended in vehicles. Temperatures inside the vehicle can rapidly climb to 130 degrees.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
• Heat cramps – These are muscle contractions that are connected to heat and dehydration.
• Heat exhaustion – This is also a result of excessive heat and dehydration. The signs of heat exhaustion are paleness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, fainting and increased temperature.
• Heatstroke – This is the most severe form of heat illness. These people have warm, flushed skin and do not sweat. This is considered a critical medical emergency. These patients must have their temperature reduced quickly and taken directly to the hospital.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
For more information, call EPARM at 410-216-9167.