*A Heat Health Emergency has been declared and will be in effect beginning Monday, August 8 at noon. The post below has been updated with the latest information*


During very hot weather, the City will declare a Heat Health Emergency. When we declare a Heat Health Emergency, we activate several City services to ensure our residents stay safe.

During a Heat Health Emergency, it’s important to check on loved ones, neighbors, and pets and look out for each other. When daytime temperatures reach the 90s or triple digits and are accompanied by high humidity for two or more days, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can happen. If you think someone is having a medical emergency, call 911.

Remember, during hot weather, NEVER leave children and pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures very quickly; It takes only two minutes for a car to reach unsafe temperatures.

A Heat Health Emergency and related weather and emergency information is announced on the City’s website and through the City’s free mass notification system, ReadyPhiladelphia. Sign up for free text alerts by texting READYPHILA to 888-777 or customize your free text or email alerts for alerts and locations important to you by visiting the Office of Emergency Management’s website.

When a Heat Health Emergency is declared:

1. The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Heatline—a special helpline number—is open for calls.

Any Philadelphia resident can call the heatline to get health and safety tips and to talk to medical professionals to discuss conditions and illnesses made worse from the heat. During a Heat Health Emergency, you can call the hotline at (215) 765-9040.

The Heatline will be open for calls:

  • Monday, August 8 from noon to 11:59 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The hours of operation may be extended if the Heat Health Emergency is extended. The public is encouraged to call if they have questions about precautions they can take and detecting signs of heat stress. City Health Department nurses will be available to speak with callers about medical problems related to the heat. 

2. Cooling sites are available to the public

During a Heat Health Emergency, the City coordinates to open various air-conditioned locations where residents can go to cool off from the heat. Cooling sites can include, libraries, schools, buses, and other locations.

View a map of cooling resources for this Heat Health Emergency.

Cooling sites have been activated and are available at the times and locations below.

Libraries

These libraries will operate with extended hours on Monday, August 8, 2022 and Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Cooling Center locations and hours may change if the Heat Health Emergency is extended. 

Lucien E. Blackwell Regional Library 

125 South 52nd Street 

215-685-7431 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Joseph E. Coleman Regional Library 

68 West Chelten Avenue 

215-685-2150 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Blanche A. Nixon Cobbs Creek Library 

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway 

215-685-1973 

Monday: until 8 p.m.

Tuesday: until 8 p.m.

Fox Chase Library 

501 Rhawn Street 

215-685-0547 

Monday: until 8 p.m.

Tuesday: until 8 p.m.

Frankford Library 

4634 Frankford Avenue 

215-685-1473 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Fumo Family Library 

2437 South Broad Street 

215-685-1758 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Haddington Library (meeting room only)

446 North 65th Street 

215-685-1970 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Lillian Marrero Library (meeting room only)

601 West Lehigh Avenue 

215-685-9794 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Logan Library 

1333 Wagner Avenue 

215-685-9156 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Oak Lane Library 

6614 North 12th Street 

215-685-2848 

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Widener Library 

2808 West Lehigh Avenue

215-685-9799

Monday: until 7 p.m.

Tuesday: until 7 p.m.

Cooling Buses

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA to station cooling buses with air conditioning that are available to the public at the following intersections:

  • Germantown Avenue and Allegheny Avenue, 19133
  • Wyoming Avenue and Rising Sun Avenue, 19120
  • Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, 19145
  • 70th Street and Woodland Avenue, 19142 

Cooling buses will operate during the following days/times:

  • Monday, August 8: noon to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 9: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation spraygrounds and pools 

Residents are also encouraged to visit any of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s spraygrounds and pools. Pools will be offering free swim during open hours for the duration of the Heat Health Emergency.

Residents can find all of the identified Cooling Centers, as well as spraygrounds, on this map or by calling 311.

Remember, swimming in Philadelphia’s rivers, streams, and waterways is very dangerous and not allowed. Cool off safely at a sprayground or pool instead.

Older Adult Centers

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s older adult centers will be open. Older Adult Centers all have air conditioning and are open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Utility Shutoffs 

Philadelphia Water Department shutoffs are suspended during a Heat Health Emergency. Shutoffs for non-payment will resume after the Heat Health Emergency ends.

3. The Office of Homeless Services increases its outreach.

The Office of Homeless Services will take proactive measures to protect Philadelphians who are experiencing homelessness. Call the outreach team at (215) 232-1984 if you see someone on the street who needs shelter or other homeless services. Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.

4. Additional pet safety measures are enforced by Philadelphia’s Animal Care & Control Team.

During excessive heat, all dogs must have one or more separate areas of shade large enough to accommodate the entire body of the dog at one time and protect it from the direct rays of the sun. Owners can face a $500 fine (and can put their pets in grave danger) if they don’t follow ACCT Philly’s requirements. To report a dog left outdoors in very hot weather, call (267) 385-3800.


More information about heat health emergencies and what residents can do to stay safe can be found on the City’s Extreme Heat Guide.