Lexington Emergency Management has declared a Phase 1 Heat Emergency for Lexington and Fayette County. This means that the Emergency Weather Plan of the Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention will go into effect today, Tuesday, September 4 at 9 a.m. and continue through midnight on Thursday, September 6.
A Phase 1 Heat Emergency means that temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees for the next three days. Heat and humidity will create potentially dangerous conditions for those outdoors.
Additional shelters for the homeless and those needing to get out of the heat during the day will be open. A list of shelters is available here.
This combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. If planning on being outside, stay well hydrated and take frequent breaks in air conditioned spaces. Use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Check up on relatives and neighbors and pets
If you must be outside today be sure to drink plenty of water (start drinking before you feel thirsty) and try to take frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning.