(Hauppauge, NY-June 20, 2012) With the National Weather Service forecasting high temperatures tomorrow, County Executive Bellone has asked that Suffolk County residents take it easy during the next few days and follow the experts’ advice on how to "Beat the Heat." Suffolk County will also open cooling centers for Suffolk County residents on Thursday morning.
The following centers will be open on Thursday from 9:00am -7:00pm and will be staffed with the Suffolk County Fire and Rescue and Emergency Service (FRES) Personnel, the American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers.
• Brookhaven Gym at Suffolk Community College (SCCC) Ammerman Campus, 533 College Road, Selden, NY
• Health Sports and Education Center at SCCC Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY
• Peconic Building SCCC East Campus, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY
The County Executive offered the following tips on ways to avoid heat stress during our recent and projected high temperature days:
• Avoid strenuous activity
• Drink plenty of cool liquids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices, and caffeine free iced tea. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine.
• Keep rooms well ventilated with air-conditioners and fans.
• Stay out of direct sunlight, both indoors and outdoors basements are a good location they have minimum sunlight and are usually much cooler then the open parts of a house.
• Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing.
• Get to know your neighbors, especially the elderly, the very young and those with preexisting medical conditions or special needs. Check on them during the heat wave and call for help when necessary. This small yet crucial gesture can help ensure we all have a safe and healthy summer.
In addition, Volunteer CERT members will reach out to 600 residents who are on Suffolk County’s Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan Call List. The list consists of elderly residents living at home who are in need of a little extra care. CERT members will reach out to ascertain how they are doing and provide tips on staying cool.
Many townships may be opening their cooling centers as well. Check with your local municipality as to where a cooling center may be located near you.