GNYHA participated in an interagency call today hosted by New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) about the hot and humid conditions expected to impact the region starting tomorrow (Thursday). The call included a briefing from the National Weather Service (NWS). Please visit the NWS New York Office heat page for up-to-date forecasts.
A heat advisory is in effect for the New York City region starting tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. through Friday at 8:00 p.m., with heat indexes above 100 degrees forecasted. Facilities should also be prepared for potentially heavy rainfall Friday evening.
New York City Actions
NYCEM will activate its Heat Emergency Plan tomorrow. Cooling Centers will be open throughout New York City starting tomorrow morning. To find a Cooling Center, please visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder.
The New York City Department of Homeless Services has issued a Code Red starting tomorrow with expanded outreach efforts.
Con Edison and PSE&G are closely monitoring conditions and preparing for contingencies. There are no plans for voltage reductions at this time, but facilities should anticipate changes as the heat develops tomorrow.
Health Care Facility Preparedness Recommendations
Hospitals and long-term care facilities are advised to review power disruption plans, monitor fuel and generator status, and frequently check air-conditioning systems and elevators. Hospitals should also anticipate increased numbers of patients due to the heat and community members seeking respite from the heat.
GNYHA will continue participating in citywide emergency management calls and will share updates if the forecast changes significantly.
GNYHA will also survey member hospitals and long-term care facilities in Sit Stat to monitor impacts. Surveys are currently planned this week for Thursday and Friday, opening at 2:00 p.m. and closing at 6:00 p.m., with the possibility of additional surveys as the forecast dictates. All facilities that have Sit Stat credentials are asked to participate.
Communicating with GNYHA
- Call GNYHA’s main number (212-246-7100) for assistance
- During evenings and weekends, a recorded message provides the telephone number of a GNYHA staff member on call