Local health departments are partnering with multiple divisions to rapidly deploy resources in response to the unprecedented heat wave this week.
With record high-temperatures forecasted over the week in Maryland, county health departments are taking action to keep residents safe across the state. Local public health officials have been pooling resources and sharing warnings over social media handles and other outreach locations to keep communities cool in the unseasonably hot weather. Libraries, schools, recreation centers, and other community partners are coming together to help.
In conjunction with health departments, emergency management programs have been activated across multiple jurisdictions. Communications are directing people to a number of locations and educational tools to prevent casualties. With an all-hands-on-deck approach, public pools in Baltimore City are even staying open later to accomodate guests longer.
Mobile cooling stations as well as static cooling locations are opening all over the state to ensure people in need have a place of refuge. Carroll has opened 15 locations, Harford came online yesterday as well with 11 locations. Anne Arundel worked with Annapolis City to deploy and extend cooling resources to offer more availability across the jurisdiction and through the end of the week.
Relief Centers to Open Tuesday – Wednesday, September 5 – 6 https://t.co/zGIWJKnnpY
— Carroll Co. Govt. (@CarrollCoMD) September 5, 2023
Harford County will be opening “cooling centers” at all library branches beginning today because of forecasted excessive temperatures. The heat index in Harford is expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees over the next several days. Locations & hours: https://t.co/9KyVkgd66m pic.twitter.com/yFxD86jOhJ
— Harford County Gov’t (@HarfordCountyMD) September 5, 2023
Howard has been posting best practice notifications to educate community members on how to stay safe, when heat exhaustion and heat stroke can set in fast. In addition to cooling stations, Montgomery is driving awareness to the Look Before You Lock campaign to make sure parents and pet owners do not accidently leave loved ones in cars.
On hot days, temperatures inside parked vehicles can become deadly within minutes. Heat-related deaths are preventable. #LookBeforeYouLock to ensure no one is left unattended in a parked car. Set reminders to check the back seat before you leave your car. #MoCoPrepares https://t.co/SMXKjJ0yIE pic.twitter.com/WlzsG2mZBy
— Montgomery Co OEMHS (@ReadyMontgomery) September 5, 2023
Hey HoCo, a Heat Advisory has been issued for today, 9/5. Be sure to keep cool & hydrated, take breaks when spending time outdoors, and check in on your elderly family and friends or those living alone. https://t.co/jT4oxSrKtc
— Howard County Health Department (@HoCoHealth) September 5, 2023