And now this heat advisory: The City of West Hollywood is responding to the heatwave this week by urging community members to stay home, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s. The high heat and low humidity, can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable during forecasted heat advisory conditions, especially during the coronavirus crisis.
The City recognizes that heat poses an additional challenge for community members who may not have access to air conditioning. Due to the need to adhere to protocols for physical distancing, the City is unable to open its regular Cooling Center at Plummer Park during the coronavirus emergency. However, the City’s Social Services Division has implemented a fan delivery service to serve the City’s older adults and other vulnerable residents. The program provides a box fan and/or a case of bottled water to those who would have otherwise utilized the City’s cooling centers. In addition, social services program administrators and nonprofit agencies have helped identify those residents who might be adversely impacted by high temperatures and offered these resources through those agencies, as well. To access a fan or water, please leave a message for the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510 with name, phone number, and address.
The City of West Hollywood’s heat advisory is getting the word out about the importance of following basic safety tips for coping with heat:
- If you feel symptoms of dehydration or heat cramps, such as dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst, call 911.
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, especially older adults. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going outside to a private shady area that has a breeze, such as a patio or courtyard – please be mindful of social distancing and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others;
- Remember to check on neighbors, family, and friends — especially older adults and people with health conditions — to make sure they are well. Take them extra water or a cool beverage, but maintain social distancing and wear a face covering;
- When out for essential needs such as groceries or medications, never leave anyone unattended in a closed vehicle, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.animalcare.lacounty.
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to rest;
- Keep air conditioners set to 78 degrees or set fans to cool;
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat;
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower; and
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, televisions, and other electronics when not in use.
In addition, community members should avoid strenuous activity and stay mindful of physical signs of dehydration:
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, avoid strenuous activity to reduce heat-related illness;
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst;
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing;
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty;
- Avoid or reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise;
- When out for essential needs, seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen.
Heat can be dangerous, especially in direct sun. The City of West Hollywood urges community to continue to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home or work only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply.
The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you have immediate concerns about the impact of hot weather on yourself or a loved one in the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Social Services Division may be able to coordinate assistance for community members who are older adults or are vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Please call (323) 848-6510 for information.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While Los Angeles County is allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and activities, coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 disease remain a serious risk.
The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. West Hollywood residents are encouraged to remain home as much as is practical and limit close contact with others outside of a household; always use social (physical) distancing of at least six feet; and follow City requirements for the use of face coverings in public.
Public Health officials recommend cloth face coverings so that medical-grade and N95 masks may be prioritized in the supply chain for healthcare workers and first responders. Face coverings are not required for young children under two-years-old; children between two- and eight-years-old should only wear face coverings with adult supervision; and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from this requirement.
Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain at home whenever possible. People in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. Most public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus