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Baltimore City Announces Code Red Heat Alert Plan

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Code Red Heat Alert

Baltimore City officials are announcing the city's Code Red Heat Alert strategy at 10 a.m. in the Executive Conference Room at City Hall.

The strategy is a multi-agency effort designed to protect vulnerable Baltimore City residents on dangerously hot days. Last summer, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 16 city residents died of conditions related to the heat.

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With collaboration across six city agencies, the Code Red Heat Alert strategy provides heat safety information, outreach efforts, and immediate assistance to vulnerable residents. The Health Commissioner declares Code Red Heat Alerts on days when heat conditions are predicted to be hazardous by the National Weather Service and the Baltimore/Washington Heat Health Watch Warning System.

"We can't control the weather, but we can limit the toll extreme conditions take on our most vulnerable citizens," Mayor Dixon said. "Our cooling centers and other efforts can and do save lives. I encourage anyone who needs to escape the heat to take advantage of this valuable resource when there is a Code Red Heat Alert."

When a Code Red Heat Alert is in effect, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education will open cooling centers around the city. The cooling centers will offer air-conditioned space and cold water for residents without access to cool air in their homes.

Additional outreach efforts will be coordinated through the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE), the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods. These efforts will include: