Salisbury, MD – As the heat index soars into the triple digits this week, the Wicomico County Health Department is urging residents to be aware of the weather advisories, watches, and warnings affecting the area and are now opening Cooling Centers.
A Heat Advisory is issued when the heat index (how hot it feels when air temperature and humidity combine) is predicted to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during the day or when we have four days of a heat index of 95-99 degrees. Under Heat Advisories there is a high risk of heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures is possible within 48 hours.
An Excessive Heat Warning means a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures (heat index greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 3 hours during the day or if the heat index is greater than 115 degrees for any period of time) is expected within 24 hours. Under an Excessive Heat Warning there is an extremely high risk of heat-related illness.
COOLING CENTERS IN WICOMICO COUNTY
Please be sure to social distance while at the cooling center. Masks are strongly encouraged. Anyone needing transportation to the Civic Center should call Shore Transit at 443-260-2300 (select “dispatch” option).
Wicomico Youth and Civic Center – Flanders Rooms 4&5, 500 Glen Ave, Salisbury, MD 21804
- Open Thursday, August 12th 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday, August 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Masks strongly encouraged
- No pets are permitted
- Residents will need to bring their own food, beverages, and medications
MAC Senior Center – 909 Progress Circle, Suite 200, Salisbury, MD 21804
- Open to individuals over the age of 50 who need shelter from extreme heat
- Open Thursday, August 12th and Friday, August 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (regular business hours)
Residents of Wicomico County should take precautions to prevent heat-related illness during this period of high temperature.
- Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
- Stay indoors. Seek air-conditioned environments such as malls, libraries, and public places.
- Schedule outdoor activities before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.
- If outdoors, schedule frequent water breaks and drink 2-4 glasses (16-32 oz.) of fluid each hour
- Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes
- Take cool baths or showers
- Limit use of the stove or oven
- Bring pets indoors
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