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Heat precautions, list of cooling stations

Click for Providence, Rhode Island Forecast We’re pinning this post to the top because the heat today is no joke, at 9:30am the heat index is already 103°! Use the cooling centers; ride RIPTA, it’s free today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday); check in on the elderly; make sure your pets have water; eat ice cream; and visit our Virtual Cooling Center.

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Update: List of Cooling Centers StatewideCooling Centers in Pawtucket

The city has issued safety tips for dealing with the heat, and a list of cooling centers to escape the heat. Check on the elderly, children, pets… etc.

Mayor Taveras, Providence Emergency Management Agency Announce Safety Measures in Response to Heat Wave

PROVIDENCE, RI – With the National Weather Service predicting dangerous heat today through Friday, with the heat index over 100 degrees, Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Peter T. Gaynor are taking special measures to protect residents from the excessive heat.

The City is advising residents to take the following safety precautions:

  • Do not leave children or pets in cars unattended because the temperatures in closed cars will far exceed the outdoor temperature.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4am and 7am
  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Check on your neighbors who are most at risk; especially the elderly and small children.
  • Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, are showing the signals of a heat-related illness, stop activity and find a cool place. Remember, have fun, but stay cool!
  • In an emergency situation, residents should always call 911.

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will be available to residents to refer them to the resources they need. The Office of Neighborhood Services can be reached at 421-2489.

Cooling Shelters

PEMA has identified locations that can also be utilized as cooling centers:

Federal Hill House
9 Courtland Street
6:30am – 6pm
Silver Lake Annex Multi- Purpose Community Center
529 Plainfield Street
6:30am – 5pm
Joslin Community Development Corporation
231 Amherst Street
9am- 5pm
Nickerson Community Center
133 Delaine Street
9am – 5pm
Capitol Community Center
110 Ruggles Street
7am – 5pm
Davinci Center for Community Progress
470 Charles Street
8:30am -4:30pm
West End Community Center
109 Bucklin Street
9am – 5:30pm
Jewish Community Center
409 Elmgrove Avenue
Wednesday and Thursday 5am-9pm
Friday 5am-6pm

Library Branches

Residents may also seek shelter at the following Providence Community Library branches:

Fox Point Library
90 Ives Street
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Mt. Pleasant Library
315 Academy Avenue
Wednesday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Olneyville Library
Olneyville Square
Wednesday 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Rochambeau Library
708 Hope Street
Wednesday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
South Providence Library
441 Prairie Avenue
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Wanskuck Library
233 Veazie Street
Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Washington Park Library
1316 Broad Street
Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Pools and water parks

The following pools are open in Providence, Monday to Friday from 12-5pm:

  • Davey Lopes (corner of Dudley Street and Prairie Avenue)
  • West End (Dexter Street)
  • Zuccolo (Gessler Street)
  • Selim-Rogers (Camden Avenue, next to Kizarian Elementary School)
  • Neutaconkanut (Plainfield Street)
  • Joslin (Hyatt Street, near Manton Avenue): pool is closed this year; a giant inflatable water slide and sprinklers are being operated in the park

The following water parks are open in Providence Monday to Saturday, 12-5pm:

  • Neutaconkanut Park (Plainfield Street)
  • Wallace Street Park (off Union Avenue)
  • Cabral Park (Wickenden Street)
  • Pleasant Street Park (off North Main Street)
  • General Street Park (off Admiral Street)
  • George West Park (corner of Chalkstone and Mount Pleasant)
  • Fargnoli Park (Smith Street near Academy Avenue)
  • Sackett Street Park (near Sackett Elementary School)
  • Richardson Street Park (Prairie Avenue)
  • Harriet and Sayles Park (Sayles Street off Prairie Avenue)

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3 Responses to Heat precautions, list of cooling stations

  1. Francis Stack July 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    It’s so sad that all Ten Public Libraries can’t be listed here, That they can’t all help out by working together. It’s so sad that silly people in power can’t work things out!

  2. Friend of Books July 22, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Two of the Providence Community Libraries (Knight Memorial and Smith Hill) can’t be listed as cooling centers because they don’t have A.C. And this is in part due to the fact that the Providence Public Library refuses to convey the buildings in good faith to PCL. PCL would get these building air conditioned ASAP if PPL would just stop dragging it’s feet. That said, the downtown library is open from 12:30- 5:30pm Friday and Saturday, and should certainly be considered a haven from the heat as well.

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