Lexington declares Phase 1 heat alert

Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 17:34:41-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Due to the expected high temperatures over the next few days, Lexington Emergency Management declared a Phase 1 Heat Alert as of this morning.

"For the next three days we are looking at heat indexes in the upper 90s, pushing 100 degrees. No rain really forecasted,” said Tim Brandewie, the Emergency Operations Coordinator with Lexington Emergency Management.

Cooling stations for those without a home or without ways to avoid the heat will be open at different agencies in the city, like the Hope Center and the Salvation Army.

"They're able to come in, sit down and enjoy the cool air. They're provided with refreshments while they're in there and that's available for the entirety of the day,” said Major Bill Garrett, the Central Kentucky Area Service Coordinator for the Salvation Army.

Brandewie advises people to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors, and keep an eye on others.

"Look out for neighbors and relatives who may have pre-existing conditions or if you know someone who doesn't have good A/C, especially coupled with pre-existing conditions. It's important to check,” he said.

For more information on the Phase 1 Heat Alert, you can visit Lexington Emergency Management’s website

According to Be Ready Lexington, additional shelters for the homeless and those needing to get out of the heat will be open. Click here for a list of shelters.

If you plan on being outside, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks inside with air conditioning.