During a heat wave, health care providers should:
Be aware of the increased risk of heat-related illness among: older adults, people with chronic physical health conditions; serious psychiatric, cognitive or developmental disorders that impair judgement or self-care; and those taking medications that can impair thermoregulation. • Instruct at-risk patients to use home air conditioners or go to air-conditioned places during hot weather, and stay well-hydrated. • Consider reaching out to your most vulnerable patients and encourage social contacts and caregivers to help them stay cool and well-hydrated. Report deaths where heat exposure was the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 212-447-2030 immediately.
The National Weather Service has forecast very hot weather and has issued a heat advisory starting on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 and continuing through Friday, July 21, 2017. The current forecast calls for high temperatures and humidity producing heat indices in 95-97 range. These weather conditions can cause heat stroke and exacerbate chronic medical conditions, and may lead to severe complications and death. Heat waves such as this one that last for several days can be more dangerous to health. Air conditioning is the most effective protection for at-risk patients during extreme heat.
Risk Factors for Heat Stroke Death
Certain individuals are at increased risk for heat-related illness and death (see checklist). In addition, most hyperthermia victims are overcome by heat in their own homes and do not have or use air conditioners; fans do not provide sufficient cooling during extremely hot weather. Fans should only be used when the air conditioning is on or windows are open, and at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
Prevent Heat-related Illness and Death
- Advise at-risk patients to use their air conditioners or go to air conditioned places and limit outdoor activity especially during the hottest part of the day. Cooling centers will be open to New Yorkers on days that the heat advisory is in effect. To find a cooling center in New York City during a heat wave, call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/oem. • Suggest setting air conditioners to 78°F to provide comfort while keeping electricity bills lower and conserving energy. • Advise at-risk patients to increase fluid intake during hot weather. • Recommend self-monitoring, such as bodyweight measurement, to monitor hydration for patients with health conditions sensitive to fluid balance or among those using medications that can impair thermoregulation or cause dehydration. • Engage caregivers, family members and support networks to check frequently on at-risk patients, especially those who cannot care for themselves, to assist them in staying cool and well hydrated before and during hot weather. • Be alert to the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness or exacerbation of chronic medical conditions. For more information on heat illness, visit www.nyc.gov/health/heat. • Immediately report deaths where heat exposure is suspected as the direct cause or a contributing factor to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212-447-2030.
At the discretion of NYPD, the streets below may be closed on Saturday and Sunday between 12:01am to 11:59pm for the Formula-E NYC E-Prix as permitted by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
- Van Brunt Street between Summit Street and Water/Dead End
- Imlay Street between Summit Street and Pioneer Street
- Summit Street between Van Brunt Street and Imlay Street
- Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Water/Dead End
- Ferris Street between Clinton Wharf and Van Dyke Street
- Commercial Wharf between Bowne Street and Clinton Wharf
- Reed Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Beard Street between Otsego Street and Conover Street
- Van Dyke Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Barnell Street between Van Dyke Street and Water/Dead End
- Coffey Street between Otsego Street and Water/Dead End
- Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Water/Dead End
- King Street between Van Brunt Street and Ferris Street
- Pioneer Street between Van Brunt Street and Conover Street
- Verona Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Commerce Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Bowne Street between Van Brunt Street and Commercial Wharf
- Richards Street between Coffey Street and Water/Dead End
- Dwight Street between Coffey Street and Beard Street
- Bay Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Sigourney Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Halleck Street between Otsego Street and Columbia Street
- Otsego Street between Bay Street and Halleck Street
- Columbia Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Atlantic Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Court Street
- Court Street between Atlantic Avenue and Bay Street
- Smith Street between Bay Street and Union Street
- Union Street between Smith Street and 5th Avenue
- 5th Avenue between Union Street and Flatbush Avenue
- Flatbush Avenue between 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
- 2nd Place between Smith Street and Court Street
- Hicks Street between Bay Street and Lorraine Street
- Lorraine Street between Hicks Street and Otsego Street
Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at on.nyc.gov/wkndtraf.
Prepare for Hurricanes Now
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Prepare before hurricane season starts. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
- Listen to local officials.
- Download the FEMA app to get weather alerts straight to your phone.
Promote Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 7-13 in your community
The Ready Campaign recommends using social media tools as a way to promote National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7– May 13, as well as throughout hurricane season. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.
Follow the National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness Weekly Themes and promote content online and in person!
- Sunday, May 7th- Determine your risk
- Monday, May 8th- Develop an evacuation plan
- Tuesday, May 9th- Assemble disaster supplies
- Wednesday, May 10th- Secure an insurance check
- Thursday, May 11th- Strengthen your home
- Friday, May 12th- Check on Your Neighbor
- Saturday, May 13th- Complete your written hurricane plan
The Citizen app notifies you when a crime or other major incident is reported to 911 near you. It allows for the live-streaming of incidents, giving you complete transparency of your neighborhood around you. In New York City alone, there are nearly 10,000 calls to 911 each and every day. Many of these are for life-threatening emergencies or crimes occurring with thousands of people around.
On October 26, 2016, we released a prototype of our technology that we named Vigilante, available on the iPhone. Alongside the app, we published a dramatized video showing an assault incident thwarted by a group of people using the app.
The response was overwhelming; within 48 hours we had downloads and in-app requests for service in all 50 states, in addition to dozens of countries around the world. The importance and need for this app was quickly validated.
But the name Vigilante also created a distraction for some people. And for some, we left the impression that it was encouraged for average, untrained users of the app to race towards any given crime scene.
Vigilante was soon removed from the App Store for a violation of Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, with concerns centered around user safety.
This was a good thing. We needed to make some changes.
Our mission has always been to build safer communities through transparency. With the learnings from our first launch, and a renewed determination towards our mission, we have made a series of important changes.
- The name is now Citizen. This more accurately communicates our mission, and we have entirely rebranded the app.
- We have reinforced our focus on safety. We built this app to create safety; any reckless or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Our in-app messages now more strongly communicate this, and the terms of service have also been updated to reflect this policy.
- Our network has broadened. We have incorporated advice from, and are now in active communication with, officials from the City, representatives from the New York Police Department, and a variety of community leaders.
We are proud to announce we are launching on both iOS and Android as Citizen.
In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was performed. A living donor gave a kidney to his identical twin. Do you have a story to share or questions about organ, eye, or tissue donation?
- Get the facts about how to register and give the gift of life.
- Watch this NBA All-Star’s story as an organ recipient, and his message on why registering to be an organ donor is so important.
Help spread the word and share your story by visiting organdonor.gov.