In response to a scorching heat wave, with high temperatures expected through Wednesday, June 26th, Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that the Town of Hempstead will open 15 cooling centers and extend operating hours at nine pools and eight beaches to help keep residents safe and healthy.
“This heat wave poses significant health risks for residents who do not have air conditioning or a cool place to stay,” stated Murray. “By opening these 15 cooling centers and extending pool and beach hours, we are providing our residents with great ways to beat the heat!”
Cooling centers are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except where noted) on Monday, June 24th, Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th:
-- Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin, (516) 546-7110
-- Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, (516) 221-9696
-- Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177 (open until 4:30 p.m.)
-- East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow, (516) 794-2458 (open until 4:45 p.m.)
-- Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont, (516) 354-4777
-- Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl. Franklin Square, (516) 328-3010
-- Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810
-- Levittown Senior Center, 555 N. Newbridge Rd., Levittown, (516) 433-5454
-- Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777 (open until 4:45 p.m.)
-- Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside, (516) 766-8888
-- Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt (516) 867-1612
-- Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440
-- Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale (516) 292-1313
-- Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (516) 538-5050
-- Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh (516) 785-8505
Hours of operation will be extended at the following pools on Monday, June 24th, Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th:
-- Roosevelt Pool - Closing at 7 p.m.
-- Forest City Park Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Rath Pool (Franklin Sq. Park District) - Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Walker Memorial Pool - Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Azaela Road Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Hewlett Pool – Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Blue Grass Lane Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Slate Lane Pool- Closing at 8 p.m.
-- Town Park at the Sands Pool - Closing at 7 p.m.
Lifeguards will be on duty for an extra hour (until 7 p.m.) at the following beaches on Monday June 24th, Tuesday, June 25th and Wednesday, June 26th:
-- Town Park Point Lookout
-- Lido Beach Town Park
-- Lido West Town Park
-- Town Park at Sands
-- Hewlett Point Park
-- East Atlantic Beach
-- Atlantic Beach Estates
-- Point Lookout Civic Beach
Murray also offered residents important tips on how to stay cool and be safe during the scorching heat.
-- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
-- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11AM and 4PM. Consider performing these tasks in the early morning or evening hours.
-- When in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head.
-- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
-- Eat well balanced, light and regular meals.
-- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes.
-- NEVER leave children or pets in closed vehicles.
-- Check on elderly family members, friends and neighbors.
-- When indoors, use an air conditioner or fans to cool rooms if available.
-- Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.
-- Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.
-- Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.
-- Seek help if you feel symptoms of heat-related illness.
-- Find a cooling center.
“I urge everyone to take this heat wave seriously and to keep these tips in mind,” Murray said. “Extremely high temperatures can be dangerous, and potentially life-threatening for some of our neighbors.”