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Emergency Preparedness for Summer Heat and Humidity

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With temperatures expected to hit the mid-90s today and tomorrow in New York City, the Mount Sinai Health System is advising the Mount Sinai community and all city residents to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.  

Because this is the first extreme heat and humidity of the season, many people may not be fully acclimated to the heat, putting them at higher risk for heat illnesses. Please share the following information and heat-beating tips with your colleagues, family, and friends.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions to Take:

  • Drink plenty of fluids – particularly water. Take care to avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine or high sugar content.   If you have heart, kidney, or liver disease, or are on a restricted diet, check with your doctor first before increasing your fluid intake.

  • Although everyone is vulnerable to heat-related illness, people age 65 and older, infants and young children, and people with special needs are at greater risk than others. Make a special effort to check in on them. This includes elderly people who live alone and may not have friends or family nearby.

  • Stay indoors and, if possible, in an air-conditioned place. The thermostat should be set at no lower than 78 degrees.

  • If you do not have an air-conditioner, keep your windows open and fans running.  Consider going to a shopping mall, movie theater, library, or cooling center that is air-conditioned, if only for a few hours, as it will help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle during a period of extreme heat.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing that covers most of your body.

  • Try to reschedule strenuous outdoor activities to early morning or evening.
    The sun’s peak hours are between 11 am – 4 pm.

  • During a heat emergency, the City may open public cooling centers. To find one near you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or locate a center online.

Learn more about heat-exhaustion.