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Excessive Heat
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In fact, on average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died.

Heat Disorder Symptoms
  • Sunburn
  • Heat Cramps
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Stroke

Heat, Cars, Children and Pets
Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rise rapidly to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Do not leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle during extreme temperatures.

  • Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.
  • The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults.
  • Each year children and pets die from hyperthermia as a result of being left enclosed in parked vehicles.
  • Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can dissipate.
  • This can occur even on a mild day.
  • Check to make sure seating surfaces and equipment (child safety seat and safety belt buckles) aren't too hot when securing your child in a safety restraint system in a car that has been parked in the heat
  • Never leave your child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars
  • Always lock car doors and trunks -- even at home
  • Keep keys out of children's reach. Always make sure all child passengers have left the car when you reach your destination.
  • Don't overlook sleeping infants.

Heat Wave Safety Tips
  • Slow down
  • Dress for summer
  • Be mindful of what you eat
  • Your body needs water to keep cool.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Do not take salt tablets
    (Unless specified by a physician)
  • Don't get too much sun
  • Remain in shaded areas as much as possible
  • Check on friends and relatives
    • Especially the very young or elderly
  • Limit outdoor activities. Try to plan activities for the coolest times of the day; before noon and in the evening.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places
  • When physically active, rest frequently in the shade.
  • Take care of your pets.
    • In many ways, dogs and cats react to hot weather as humans do
    • Offer pets extra water and be sure to place the water dish in a shaded area if outdoors.
    • Make sure pets have a protected place where they can get away from the sun.

Need a place where you can cool off from the heat?


Libraries (Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun Closed unless noted otherwise)
  • Barron F Black Branch – 6700 Tanners Creek Drive
  • Blyden Branch – 879 E. Princess Anne Road
  • Janaf Branch – 5900 E. VB Blvd
  • Jordan-Newby Branch – 961 Park Avenue
  • Lafayette Branch – 1610 Cromwell Drive
  • Larchmont Branch – 6525 Hampton Blvd
  • Little Creek Branch – 7853 Tarpon Drive
  • Mary D Pretlow Branch – 9640 Granby Street
    • Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm
    • Fri-Sat 10am-5pm
    • Sunday 1pm-5pm
  • Park Place Branch – 620 W 29th Street
  • Slover – 235 E. Plume Street
    • Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm
    • Friday 9am-5pm
    • Saturday 10am-5pm
    • Sunday Closed
  • Van Wyck Branch – 1368 Debree Avenue

Community Centers (in the lobbies)
  • Lamberts Point – 1251 W. 42nd Street
    • Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm
    • Sat 11am-4pm
    • Sun Closed
  • Norview – 6380 Sewells Point Road
    • Mon-Fri 6am-8:30pm
    • Sat 11am-4pm
    • Sun Closed

Cooling Center
Salvation Army Hope Center
– 203 W. 19th Street
  • Thurs & Friday 9am-4pm 
  • Sat & Sun 9am-4pm


Cooling Assistance Information

Families who need help with their cooling costs during the summer may apply for the Cooling Assistance Program. The Cooling Assistance is available to Norfolk residents with cooling expenses and meet eligibility guidelines.

For more information and eligibility guidelines about the Cooling Assistance Program, contact the Norfolk Department of Human Services (757-664-6035). Download an application.


Additional Resources
Heat and Humidity Can Be Deadly Combination
Heat Wave Safety Checklist
CDC - Prevention Guide to Promote your personal health and safety