Top 6 Tips to Cope with Code Red New York Heat Advisory

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Everything You Need to Know

Watch out. The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory today and NYC’s Department of Homeless Services issued a Code Red Alert.  Temperatures are hitting the 90s, high rises are trapping humidity and it seems like the sun is burning off blacktops.

We already feel it. So what can we do? 

For starters, check out our top 6 heat-beating tips:

  1. Find a cool, air-conditioned spot and stay there. Museums, libraries, public pools – even your air-conditioned office – sound good today.
  2. Stay out of the sun.
  3. NEVER leave your child or pet in the car.
  4. Cover up with lightweight, light-colored clothes, a broad-brimmed hat and lots of sun screen.
  5. Water up; drink lots of fluids throughout the day.
  6. Avoid outdoor exercise – yes; marathon training can wait

Who should we watch out for most? 

  • Anyone who does not have air conditioning
  • Seniors ages 65 and older
  • People with medical or mental health conditions – including those who are bedridden, overweight, or consume drugs or excess alcohol.

Where can they go?

  • NYC Senior Centers are now open as cooling centers
  • Shelters for single adults are open as refuges from the heat

Call 911 if someone has:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Hot dry or cold clammy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Confusion, disorientation or dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

That’s it for our Top 6 Tips – plus more - to cope with the Code Red New York heat advisory.

For more details:

  • Visit NYC Severe Weather or the National Weather Service for real-time weather information
  • Check out for more info on coping with the heat
  • View NYC Emergency Management’s English/Spanish Beat the Heat video here.

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