Think your neighborhood is the hottest in Philadelphia? Find out using the Philadelphia Heat Vulnerability Index.
It’s true, some Philadelphia neighborhoods are hotter than others. It’s important for City agencies to know where those neighborhoods are, to help keep people safe during very hot weather. The Philadelphia Heat Vulnerability Index, developed by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Office of Sustainability, shows which areas in the city are hottest and coolest during the summer.
Life can be stressful for all of us. Life can be far more stressful for someone who has lost a child to gun violence, or lost a job, or been evicted from her home. The mental toll that these experiences take can lead to or worsen physical illness. So it makes sense – even if it’s not common – for medical clinics to care for their patients’ mental health as well as their physical health. Our City health centers now offer the support of Behavioral Health Consultants (BHCs) to help manage the life stress of our patients.
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 heat stroke can happen. If you think someone is having a medical emergency, call 911.
The City announced that bus shelters citywide are now smoke and vape-free. Bus shelters join parks, rec centers, and other public spaces to be covered by smoke-free laws, designed to decrease secondhand smoke in public spaces.
Very hot weather can make people sick, even healthy adults. Older adults, those who are pregnant, infants and young children, people experiencing homelessness, and people with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk.
If you see someone on the street who needs help, you can call the Office of Homeless Services outreach hotline at 215-232-1984. If you think someone is having a medical emergency, call 911.
There’s no denying that it gets hot in Philadelphia during the summertime.
Urban areas, like Philadelphia, are hotter in the spring and summer when temperatures rise. This can be attributed to something dubbed the “urban heat island effect”.
Philadelphia has had a public health lab since 1894, when the City created the Division of Pathology, Bacteriology, and Disinfection, working right in City Hall. In those early days of the new science of bacteriology, the lab focused on two main killers of the day, diphtheria and tuberculosis, and it produced antitoxin for diphtheria. Ever since then, our lab has been providing crucial information to public health staff on what invading species are circulating in the city and how we can keep them at bay.