Mayor announces city resources to find relief from the heat
Caroline MacGregor July 18, 2013 | WGVU
Mayor George Heartwell was joined by members of the Grand Rapids Fire Department, American
Red Cross, Heart of West Michigan United Way, and Consumers Energy at
City Hall today to talk about heat relief.
year’s heat wave was more intense and prolonged, Mayor Heartwell isn’t taking chances, calling
the current extreme heat event an indication of climate change.
is an EMS Coordinator with the Grand Rapids Fire Department says during this
kind of heat, it’s important to look out for each other.
“I truly believe that if you have the chance to check on someone you know is elderly or families with small children, please do so, because they may not be able to help themselves or identify that they’re too hot.”
temperatures are expected to drop into the 80’s over the weekend, the city
wants to get out information out about ways to find relief from excessive heat including
the availability of public swimming pools like Briggs, Martin Luther King Jr and
Richmond pools which are open each day of the week. Water playgrounds are available at Alger
Middle and Gerald R Ford Middle School, and Heartside Park.
Chip Kragt is
Disaster & Programs Officer with the American Red Cross.
"If people can be thinking throughout the day - am I in the shade day or
out of the sun, the second thing is to drink a lot of water. Drink
before you are thirsty; it's much better to be sweating because you are
hydrated. One of the first signs of dehydration is that you stop
sweating because you don't have enough water."
are on standby to offer emergency information.
"211 is the first call for help, it's a warehouse of central information and resources for every agency in this community. 24-7 you can get someone who is knowledgeable who has a whole database of resources in front of them."
And while it
may seem obvious, never leave children, the elderly, or pets unattended in a
vehicle. Even with the windows rolled down.
A list of city resources, including
hours for public swimming pools can be found on grcity.us
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