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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICOPEE – Due to forecasted high temperatures, Mayor Richard J. Kos has announced that the City of Chicopee will open RiverMills Senior Center during the ‘high heat’ times of day this weekend. The facility will act as a cooling center providing an air-conditioned public space to deal with the health effects of this heatwave temporarily. Chicopee residents should start to make plans and think ahead.
Temperatures are expected to rise to sweltering high levels in Chicopee. Extreme heat is a dangerous situation. Health emergencies are at high-risk for susceptible people such as those without shelter, or who live in homes that are poorly insulated, or without air conditioning or some other way to stay cool.
The City of Chicopee will provide the following ‘cooling space’ options over the next few days:
Friday, July 19, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
“People who need help in escaping the heat should contact the Chicopee Police Department at 594-1700. Arrangements can be made to help residents,” said Mike Wilk, Public Information Officer for the Chicopee Police Department.
“During this heatwave, we are opening the senior center to ensure residents of all ages can escape the heat,” Mayor Richard J. Kos said. “I also encourage all our residents to check in on neighbors and family members who are vulnerable to these high temperatures and take steps to keep children, elderly, and pets well hydrated, and out of the sun.”