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Montgomery County Issues Code Red


Montgomery County Issues a Code Red
Hot Weather Emergency for July 8-9, 2024

The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public Health (OPH), have declared a “Code Red” Hot Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

A Code Red Hot Weather Emergency is declared when the temperature or heat index is expected to be at or above 100°F for two hours or more. Such conditions can be deadly, and residents should take precautions to prevent heat-related stress and illness.

Those especially at risk are lower income households, individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness, rural communities, residents in urbanized areas, infants and children, older adults, laborers, people with chronic medical conditions, those who take certain medications, and athletes. Friends, relatives, or neighbors should check on people who may be at risk. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, including muscle cramps, headache, nausea, or vomiting.

During a Code Red Emergency, extreme heat cooling programs for all residents in need are available at 70+ sites in the region. Find a resource near you by visiting the PA 2-1-1 website. 


The County provides additional services during Code Red Hot Weather Emergencies for vulnerable populations such as:

  • Those experiencing unsheltered homelessness: The Office of Housing and Community Development sends an alert to all Your Way Home providers. Street outreach teams and daytime homeless service programs provide water, cooling kits, and local cooling resources.
  • Seniors: Montgomery County Office of Senior Services maintains a list of weather-sensitive older adults who are currently case managed and are contacted by a case manager during heat emergencies to provide guidance or assistance accessing cooling resources.


  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If at all possible, try to get outdoor work completed in the morning to avoid the warmest part of the day.
  • Keep windows and interior doors open when running a fan at home.
  • Keep cool by seeking an air-conditioned building, such as a library, or senior center if available. If not, seek rest in the shade.


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