Craig A. Moe would like the residents of Laurel to know that the
National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Monday, August
10, 2009 and Tuesday, August 11, 2009 due to high heat and humidity in
Prince George's County. Both days have also been declared Code Red,
indicating unhealthy air quality. Temperatures in the mid-nineties,
combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for
children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung
conditions. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has
determined that the Air Quality Index is at Code Red. Code Red is
called when there is stagnant air, little chance of rain, high
humidity, and temperatures above 95° Children should reduce outdoor
activities, healthy individuals should limit strenuous outdoor work or
exercise, and individuals with respiratory or heart ailments should
limit all outdoor activities.
To that end, Mayor Moe would like the residents of City of Laurel and
its surrounding area, that the Laurel Library, located at 507 7th
Street, has been designated by Prince George’s County as a 2009 Cooling
Center. If at any time the National Weather Service issues a Code Red,
those in need can use the Library to help cool off from the heat and
humidity between the hours of Monday – Wednesday, 10:00am – 9:00pm,
Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am –
5:00pm and Sundays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Also, for a fee, you can take
advantage of the two Community pools that the City of Laurel has to
offer to cool of from the heat and humidity. They are located at 9th
and Main Streets and Greenview Drive and Clubhouse Boulevard, between
the hours of 1:00pm and 8:00pm.
Also, stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate
from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more
difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best
thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good.
Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
Limit heavy exertion
when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels
make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.
• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water
• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade
• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly