Cooling Centers Set Up For Excessive Heat


Category: Emergency Services

 Beat the Heat 2024 Updated

From June 21-23rd, the Talbot County Free Library and YMCA of the Chesapeake Perkins Family YMCA will act as cooling centers for anyone in the community who needs a cool environment. They will be opening for use by the public, at times listed below.

Easton Library 100 W. Dover St., Easton, MD 21601

  • Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM

St. Michaels Perkins Family YMCA St. Michaels, MD 21663

  • Friday 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday 7 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM

During this time period, Talbot County is expected to receive extremely hot temperatures, with heat indices exceeding 90 degrees. For latest weather information for our region:

During high temperatures, it is important to: 

  • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during and after outdoor activities.
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside.
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
  • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
  • Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
  • Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
  • Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink, walk dogs when the temperature is cooler.

For more information, please contact the Department of Emergency Services at 410-770-8160.

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