City of Jacksonville


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Cooling Centers Served More Than 400 During Record Heat

August 14, 2023
The six Cooling Centers opened by Mayor Donna Deegan and the Excessive Heat Task Force reported over 400 visitors from August 7 to August 13, 2023.
  • Total number of people utilizing the 6 Cooling Centers 8/7/2023 – 8/13/2023: 404

  • Total number of bottled water distributed at Cooling Centers: 535

  • Total number of free JTA rides provided to the Cooling Centers: 630

  • Total JFRD calls for heat-related illnesses: 73

  • Total ALERTJAX subscribers notified: Over 2 Million

  • Number of heat-related Watches and Warnings issued by the NWS: 13

“As we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel regarding the excessive heat, it is wonderful that our partners have helped us keep people safe and out of danger. This is truly a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Dr. Sunil Joshi, Chief Health Officer. “Nearly 400 people have benefited from the Cooling Centers in the last week, and this has likely helped to cut back on JFRD calls and ER visits for heat related illnesses. We still need to remain vigilant and remind people to stay hydrated and to minimize outdoor activities as much as possible during the hottest times of the day.”