FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ADVISES OF COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS AS CITY PROVIDES BUSES TO SHELTERS, OPENS WARMING CENTERS AND DISTRIBUTES BLANKETS
Buses Depart from 5:30 PM -10:00 PM from Six Locations Throughout the City; Elderly, Infants and Ill Especially Vulnerable to Cold and Should Take Precautions
Early Signs of Hypothermia Include Uncontrollable Shivering, Confusion or Sleepiness, Slowed or Slurred speech, Stiffness in Arms and Legs, Poor Control Over Body Movements and Slow Reaction
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that the City will be providing buses tonight from Hurricane Sandy's hard-hit areas to shelters to ensure that residents have a warm place to sleep. The buses will depart from 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM. In addition, the City is distributing blankets at the food and water distribution centers and has opened daytime warming centers at locations through the city. Locations and times are below and available on www.nyc.gov.
"It's cold and we have shelters with food, water and heat where people can stay," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It's critical that people stay warm, especially the elderly. If you are elderly, or have an infant under a year old, or have heart disease or medical conditions, you should get to a warm place. Or if you find yourself shivering uncontrollably, or if you see someone who is disoriented - these are symptoms of hypothermia. And anyone with them needs to get to a warm place."
As temperatures fall in New York City, and as people enter or remain in their homes without the assurance of power or heat, the risks of hypothermia are real. Hypothermia occurs when body temperatures drop below a normal level, and stays low for a prolonged period of time.
The risk of hypothermia increases with the amount of time someone spends in the cold. While most people can tolerate colder indoor temperatures as long as they have proper clothing and blankets, some are at greater risk. These include older adults, infants, people with circulatory diseases, diabetes and metabolic disorders. People on certain medications including over-the-counter cold remedies, and people who consume alcohol are also at greater risk. The City recommends that these groups especially take advantage of the shelter options provided by the City.
BUSES TO SHELTER DEPART FROM 5:30 PM -10:00 PM
Staten Island Shelter - Tottenville High School, 100 Luten Avenue, Staten Island
Coney Island Shelter - John Jay High School, 237 7th Avenue, Brooklyn
Manhattan Shelter - George Washington High School, 549 Audubon, Manhattan
FOOD, WATER AND BLANKET DISTRIBUTION
WARMING CENTER LOCATIONS AND HOURS FOR SUNDAY
Those that do choose to remain in their homes without heat should:
Marc La Vorgna/Samantha Levine (212) 788-2958
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