For Immediate Release
Friday, July 06, 2012
Relief from the Heat - July 6 & 7
Several thousand Atlantic County residents remain without power as of Friday, July 6 as the third heat wave of the summer season blankets our region with an excessive heat warning issued for Saturday, July 7 from noon to 8 PM.
All residents are reminded to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illness including staying hydrated, wearing loose and light-colored clothing, avoiding strenuous activities, taking frequent breaks, and finding relief from the heat in air conditioned facilities.
Atlantic County library branches and senior centers offer such relief and are open today during normal business hours. The 10 library branches will also be open on Saturday when the heat index is expected to reach 110 degrees. Call 1-888-426-9243 for locations and hours of operation.
"The affects of the heat can be dangerous, especially on the very young, the elderly, individuals with respiratory and some chronic illnesses, as well as those who work outdoors," stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. "Please heed the warnings to protect yourself and your loved ones."
Residents may also contact their municipal office of emergency management for information about local cooling stations which provide relief with air conditioning and fresh water. Contact information is available in the phone book and online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.
Click here for more information about heat-related illness.