Extreme Heat

Emergency Management Response

The Malden Emergency Management team is responsible for organizing a response during times of extreme heat.  Emergency Responses to extreme heat come in two forms:

1. Response to City-wide Climate Event

A "Heat Emergency" as defined in the City of Malden is when there is a period of two or more consecutive days above 95°F heat index, and the overnight temperature does not fall below 75°F.

In the event of a "Heat Emergency", the Malden Emergency Management Department will deploy certain measures to offer relief from extreme heat.  This includes:

  • Opening up one more many Cooling Centers around the city.
  • Deploying popup cooling stations such as misting tents.
  • Informing residents about locations that may offer relief such as access to the Holland Memorial Pool and the Splash Pad located at Lincoln Common.

2. Response to Large-scale cooling equipment failure.

In the event of mechanical cooling failure at residential buildings of 7 units or more where residents rely on a central mechanical cooling systems, the Malden Emergency Management team may declare a heat emergency at that location and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of the residents.  If you live in a residential unit where this is the case, please reach out to the Malden Police Department at 781-322-1212 to dispatch the Emergency Management team to investigate.

Tips for Extreme Heat

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  • Use Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from sunburn and harmful UV rays.
  • Seek Shade: Stay in the shade or indoors during the hottest part of the day (usually between 10 am and 4 pm).
  • Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to help keep your body cool.
  • Use Hats and Sunglasses: Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from direct sunlight.
  • Cool Your Home: Use fans and air conditioning to cool your living spaces. If you don't have air conditioning, consider spending time in public places that do, like shopping malls or libraries.
  • Limit Outdoor Activities: Reduce physical activities and exercise during extreme heat, especially during peak heat hours.
  • Take Cool Showers or Baths: Taking cool showers or baths can help lower your body temperature.
  • Use Wet Cloths: Apply wet cloths or use a damp towel on your skin to cool down. The best areas to cool your body are your cheeks, bottoms of your feet and palms of your hand.
  • Avoid Hot Vehicles: Never leave children or pets in a parked car, even for a short time. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly and become life-threatening.
  • Keep Curtains Closed: Close blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun and keep indoor spaces cooler.
  • Stay Informed: Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat advisories to stay informed about extreme heat warnings in your area.
  • Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Regularly check on elderly family members, neighbors, and those with pre-existing health conditions, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
  • Use Cooling Centers: If available, utilize public cooling centers or community facilities with air conditioning during extreme heat.
  • Keep Pets Cool: Provide plenty of water and a cool, shaded area for your pets to stay comfortable in the heat.
  • Exercise Smartly: If you need to exercise outdoors, do so during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening.
  • Use a Cooling Spray: Carry a small water spray bottle to mist your face and body for quick cooling.
  • Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illness: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else shows signs of heat-related illness.

Visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for more information and tips about extreme heat.