Lexington declares Phase 1 Heat Alert

With temperatures and the heat index forecast to be in the 90s, Lexington Emergency Management has activated its Phase 1 Heat Alert.

The combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day and check on elderly neighbors. 

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has activated its Emergency Summer Weather Plan. The Hope Center HopeMobile will be covering these extended days and will be distributing water, sunscreen, and other supplies. The Hope Center HopeMobile can be contacted at (859) 252-7881. Additional shelter and cooling center information is included.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211, or visit the United Way of the Bluegrass website – uwbg.org – for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.

More information about extreme heat conditions is available at lexingtonky.gov/heat or the Lexington Emergency Management website at BeReadyLexington.com/extreme-heat. Information is available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – and also on Twitter – @lexkyem.

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