PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/14/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 051413
Subject:
Heat Alert Issued for Long Beach; Extended Hours at Five Cooling Centers Announced
Residents advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed
Contact:
Mitchell Kushner, MD, City Health Officer
562.570.4047
Mitchell.Kushner@longbeach.gov





 City Health Officer Mitchell Kushner, MD, has declared a Heat Alert for Long Beach for Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 101° F. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

All Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers are designated cooling centers; the following five Community Centers will have extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday until 8:00 pm for residents to get relief from the heat in a cool, air-conditioned facility.

  • Houghton Park – 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • El Dorado Park – 2800 Studebaker Road
  • Cesar Chavez Park – 401 Golden Ave.
  • McBride Park (California Recreation Community Center) – 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
  • Long Beach Senior Center – 1150 E. 4th Street

Additionally, all Long Beach Public Libraries are air-conditioned and provide relief from the heat. Libraries are open from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Wednesday, and from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday. Visit www.lbpl.org for a complete list of library locations.

On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless, people without air conditioning, and those with a chronic medical condition.

The Health Department is working closely with other City Departments, schools, and community agencies, including organizations that serve seniors, to spread the word about heat-related illness. Everyone should take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Go to a park facility, library, a mall, or a movie theater. Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers are designated cooling centers.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

 


Stay hydrated

  • Drink more than usual and don't wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water. 

Stay informed

  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Visit the Health Department’s website to find local information and tips for preventing heat-related illness - www.longbeach.gov/health.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.
  • Additionally, the Health Department encourages all residents to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illness,. Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:

Heat Exhaustion

 Symptoms  

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Skin cold, pale, and clammy
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting
 What You Should Do
  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately. 

Heat Stroke

Symptoms

  • High body temperature (above 103°F, taken orally)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  •  Rapid and strong pulse
  •  Possible unconsciousness
  What You Should Do
  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids. 

For more information on extreme heat, visit the Health Department’s website: www.longbeach.gov/health, and visit our Facebook page for more tips on beating the heat at www.facebook.com/lbdhhs. For more information about preparing for high temperatures and a variety of emergencies, please visit www.longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness