Albany, N.Y. – Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in preparation for an extreme heat weather event expected to impact New York State over the next four days. The SEOC will coordinate State agency efforts to monitor the situation, issue alerts, and provide resources to local governments and communities.

“We are closely monitoring the forecast and taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers during this extreme heat event,” Governor Hochul said. “The SEOC will serve as a central hub for information-sharing and coordination as we work with local partners to respond to the challenges posed by the heat.”

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for much of New York State, with temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s to low 100s from Thursday through Sunday. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create dangerous heat index values, making it feel even hotter.

The Governor urged New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave, including:

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
Spending time in air-conditioned areas, such as shopping malls, libraries, or community centers.
Taking cool showers or baths.
Wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
Avoiding strenuous activity outdoors during the warmest hours of the day.
Checking on vulnerable neighbors, such as the elderly, children, and those with chronic health conditions.
Recognizing the signs of heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, and seeking medical attention immediately if symptoms develop.

NY Governor Activates SEOC for Extreme Heat Weather Event
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The SEOC will be staffed 24/7 by representatives from State agencies, including the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation, and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The SEOC will work closely with local governments, emergency responders, and community organizations to provide support and resources as needed.

The State Department of Health has issued a health advisory, urging New Yorkers to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illness. The advisory includes tips on staying cool, recognizing the signs of heat-related illness, and seeking medical attention if necessary.

The State Department of Transportation is taking steps to prepare for the heat wave, including increasing patrols to assist stranded motorists and monitoring road conditions for potential heat-related issues. The department is also urging motorists to avoid driving during the hottest hours of the day, if possible.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is coordinating with county emergency management offices to ensure that local governments have the resources they need to respond to the heat wave. The division is also providing guidance to local governments on how to open cooling centers and provide other assistance to residents.

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