Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Information

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The Health Commissioner issues a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert when the forecasted heat index, a measure of air temperature and relative humidity that indicates how hot it feels outside, is greater than or equal to 105ºF. 

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) has developed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Plan to aid in the coordination of efforts between the Baltimore City Health Department, Office of Emergency Management, and service providers within the Continuum of Care (CoC) to provide cooling center information, cold water access, and other vital, life-saving services for Baltimore residents experiencing homelessness during Code Red season.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Plan is in effect from June 1, 2024, to September 1, 2024. 


MOHS Cooling Centers

When a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is issued, the following Continuum of Care (CoC) providers will operate as cooling centers. Days and hours of availability vary and are detailed below:

Facility Name
Address
Hours of Operation
Manna House
435 E. 25th St.,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Monday - Friday,
11:30 am - 3 pm
My Sister's Place Women's Center
- women and children only
17 W. Franklin St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201
Monday - Sunday,
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Beans & Bread
400 S. Bond St.,
Baltimore, MD 21231
Monday - Friday,
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Franciscan Center
101 W. 23rd St.,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Monday - Friday,
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weinberg Housing & Resource Center (WHRC)
620 Fallsway,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Monday - Sunday,
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

*All cooling centers will be open if Code Red is declared on a national holiday. Please call 311 for the latest cooling center hours and information.

Baltimore City Cooling Centers

Baltimore City Cooling Centers are available to all Baltimore residents, including those experiencing homelessness. Residents may also visit open Pratt Library locations during normal business hours to seek relief from the heat. 

View an Interactive Map of Baltimore City Cooling Centers.


Cold Water Distribution

On Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days, MOHS Outreach Teams will coordinate cold water distribution to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness throughout the city. The following emergency shelters and community outreach offices will also have cold water onsite during these days:

Facility Name
Address
Holiday Inn Express - Men's Shelter
221 N. Gay St.,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Fairfield Inn - Women's Shelter
101 S. President St.,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Weinberg Housing & Resource Center (WHRC) -
Men & Women's Shelter
620 Fallsway,
Baltimore, MD 21202
Sarah's Hope Family Shelter
1114 N. Mount St.,
Baltimore, MD 21217
People Encouraging People - Outreach Office
4201 Primrose Ave.,
Baltimore, MD 21215
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore - Outreach Office
20 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201

Code Red Resources

Baltimore City Health Department

The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) leads a multiagency group to coordinate Baltimore City’s approach to support residents during periods of severe heat, also known as the Code Red Extreme Heat season. For more information about Code Red Extreme Heat response and resources, please visit the BCHD website.

Additional Resources

  • 311 - Individuals unsure of whether a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is in effect can call Baltimore City 311 Services for clarification. 311 operators will also provide residents with cooling center locations, safety tips, and other information about warning signs for heat-related morbidity. Individuals can also call 3-1-1 to report concerns about vulnerable neighbors on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days.
  • 911 -  If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a heat stroke or other heat-related illness, call 9-1-1 immeidately.
  • State of Maryland Emergency Assistance - Anyone without electricity is particularly vulnerable to heat-related health problems. City residents who need energy assistance can apply through the State of Maryland's Emergency Assistance portal or call 1-800-332-6347. Older adults who need energy assistance can call 410-396-CARE (2273) for assistance.

Code Red Heat Alert Graphics - Call 311 or visit MOHS' website for resources

(View the MOHS Cooling Center graphic in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic).

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