Nassau County cooling centers open

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July 22, 2011 7:44:19 AM PDT
In an effort to help Nassau County residents cope with extremely high temperatures and humidity, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that cooling centers will be open from Wednesday, July 20, through Saturday, July 23, in collaboration with the Village of Freeport, Village of Rockville Centre, Town of Oyster Bay, Town of Hempstead and Town of North Hempstead.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Long Island, with temperatures expected to hit mid to high 90's.

"The combination of heat and humidity can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents, and the county is doing all it can to provide some relief," said County Executive Mangano. "I encourage everyone to take precautions to stay as cool as possible."

Not all cooling centers will be open every day. Please note the individual dates and times that the cooling centers will be open below:

Town of Hempstead Locations:
Expected Hours of Operation: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., unless specified otherwise
- Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin, (516) 546-7110
- Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, (516) 221-9696
- Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst (516) 295-1177 (Open until 4:30 p.m.)
- East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow, (516) 794-2458 (Open until 4:45 p.m.)
- Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont, (516) 354-4777
- Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Pl. Franklin Square, (516) 328-3010
- Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810
- Levittown Senior Center, 555 N. Newbridge Rd., Levittown, (516) 433-5454
- Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777 (Open until 4:45 p.m.)
- Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside, (516) 766-8888
- Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt (516) 867-1612
- Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440
- Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale (516) 292-1313
- Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale (516) 538-5050

Freeport Location:
- The Salvation Army, 66 Church Street, (516) 378-4557
(Open Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Rockville Centre Locations:
- The Leonard S. Sandel Senior Center, 50 South Park Avenue, (516) 678-9350 (Open Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- The Anderson Recreation Center, 111 Oceanside Road (516) 678-9238 (Open Thursday/Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Town of Oyster Bay Locations:
- William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center, 28 Carl Street, Hicksville (516) 797-7900 (Open Thursday/Friday/Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Town of North Hempstead Locations:
- Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Avenue & New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park, (516) 869-6311 (Open Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
- Charles J. Fuschillo Park, Carle Road at Broadmoor Lane, Carle Place, (516) 869-6311 (Open Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

The Nassau County Department of Health also offers the following information for residents to protect themselves and others during high temperatures:
- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
- Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
- Increase non-alcoholic fluid intake.
- Take cool baths.
- Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses should refrain from physical activity, avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well ventilated, and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
- Eat light, but nutritious foods.
- Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
- Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.

Elderly people, infants, and many individuals with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related problems and should be very cautious about exposure.

If any person experiences heat stroke or exhaustion, get medical help immediately.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses may include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate. Other symptoms may include cold pale and clammy skin or hot, flushed dry skin.

For more information, please contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-0636.

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