Extreme Heat in Baltimore

06.18.24

This summer could be the hottest on record in Maryland—make sure that you know how to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. 

KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING A CODE RED

  • The Mayor's Office of Homeless Services issues a "Code Red" when temperatures reach unsafe levels
  • Check Code Red status online or call 311 to see if Baltimore City is opening additional cooling centers (see the Mayor's Office's guide here)
  • WBALTV has a comprehensive list of cooling centers open on Code Red days, plus hours and locations for all Baltimore City and County libraries

Its Hot! We want you cool and hydrated. Drink water, stay indoors, bring children and pets inside, check on older adults

Help in the moment

  • Keep water, electrolyte drinks, and snacks on hand to offer to neighbors with no shelter from the heat
  • If you have A/C and know of friends or neighbors that don’t, consider inviting them inside for a cool-down chat
  • Check on older, sick, and frail neighbors

Stay safe AND BEAT THE HEAT

  • Know the signs of heat stroke: confusion, dizziness, no longer sweating while feeling hot? Call 911
  • Wet a washcloth for the back of your neck, or run cold water over pulse points on your wrists to quickly cool down
  • Baltimore City’s public pools can offer relief from the heat. Click here for a list of hours and locations.

Did you know? Factors like discriminatory housing, less tree cover, and a lack of central air mean that temperatures in West and East Baltimore are up to 15 degrees hotter on average than in wealthier parts of the city. People experiencing homelessness are especially at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and worsening existing health problems.

Read up on the ways environmental racism and inequality contribute to urban heat crises. Check out our Community of Practice on Homelessness conversation about race and the built environment. 

 

 

 

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