(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, September 5, 2023, Mayor Rilling announced that he has activated cooling centers through Thursday, September 7, due to heat index values expected to reach into the 90s each day. The hot temperatures and high humidity can potentially cause heat-related illness, especially among vulnerable populations.
"While we're nearing the end of summer, we are experiencing another blast of higher temperatures and humidity through Thursday where heat indexes will reach into the mid and high-90s," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "I've activated Norwalk's cooling centers through Thursday and want to remind everyone to please stay safe and look after anyone who may be vulnerable to excessive heat. Heat index values of this nature can cause heat-related illnesses among humans and animals, and I urge everyone to take necessary precautions."
Homes without air conditioning can be much hotter than outdoor temperatures. Anyone in need of a place to get out of the heat can go to one of the following cooling centers across Norwalk and can also call 2-1-1 or visit 211ct.org to locate their nearest cooling center:
The City of Norwalk encourages residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations to monitor those at high risk from the heat. While anyone can suffer from heat-related illness at any time, the following people are at greater risk than others:
The following tips from the CDC can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:
For more information on how to take proper precautions during extreme heat, please visit https://www.ready.gov/heat or visit the City's Summer Safety webpage at https://www.norwalkct.gov/2068/Summer-Safety.
Finally, for programs that serve families/children, the American Red Cross and FEMA have a great series of preparedness activities and storybooks featuring Pedro the Penguin in English and Spanish that you can visit at Prepare with Pedro | Red Cross.