Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Information

Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Information


A Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is issued by the Health Commissioner 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 decision to activate a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert on a particular day will be made before 6:00 am that day, if possible. 

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) coordinates with Continuum of Care (CoC) providers to provide cooling center information and access, cold water, and other protection and vital, life-saving services for Baltimore residents experiencing homelessness during the Code Red season. 

MOHS FY 2023 Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Plan

Individuals unsure of whether a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert is in effect can call 311 for details. 311 operators will provide cooling center locations, safety tips, and information about warning signs for heat-related morbidity. Individuals can also call 311 to report specific concerns about vulnerable neighbors on Code Red Extreme Heat Alert days. Call 911 if you are having a heat-related emergency.

Those without electricity are particularly vulnerable to heat-related health problems. Baltimore City health care providers can request energy assistance referral forms for their patients by calling 410-396- CARE (2273).

Tips for high heat alert

MOHS Cooling Centers for Residents Experiencing Homelessness

Fresh fruit and vegetables will be available at all MOHS cooling centers on Code Red days.

My Sisters Place Women's Center (women and children only)

17 W. Franklin St.

Mon-Sun 10:30am - 5:30pm

Manna House

435 E. 25th St.

Mon - Fri 11:30am - 3:00pm

Beans & Bread

402 S. Bond St.

Mon - Fri 9:00am - 1:00pm

Franciscan Center

101 W. 23rd St.

Mon - Fri 10:00am - 1:00pm





MOHS Water Distribution Sites

Holiday Inn Express - Men's Shelter

1701 Russell St.

Weinberg Housing & Resource Center - Men's & Women's Shelter

600 Fallsway

Fairfield Inn - Women's Shelter

101 S. President St.

Sarah's Hope Family Shelter

1114 N. Mount St.

People Encouraging People - Outreach Office

4201 Primrose Ave.

Downtown Partnership - Outreach Office

20 S. Charles St.

Generosity Global - Shower Service

450 N. Front St.; 240-535-1124

Baltimore City Health Department Cooling Centers

Residents seeking relief from the heat can also visit their local library branch.  Bottled water will not be available at these locations.  Please call the library branch or 311 for hours of operations.

Hours and availability of cooling centers are subject to change.  The following locations will serve as cooling centers on Code Red Extreme Heat days, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

  • Waxter Center for Senior Citizens
    1000 Cathedral St.
    (410) 396-1324
  • Oliver Senior Center
    1700 Gay St.
    (410) 396-3861
  • Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center
    1601 N. Baker St.
    (410) 396-7725
  • Hatton Senior Center
    2825 Fait Ave.
    (410) 396-9025
  • Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging
    4501 Reisterstown Rd.
    (410) 396-3535
  • Harford Senior Center
    4920 Harford Rd.
    (410) 426-4009

Please refer to the Baltimore City Health Department’s website for additional code red alert information. Code Red Extreme Heat | Baltimore City Health Department

Baltimore City Health Department, Mayor's Office of Homeless Services, and Housing Authority of Baltimore City Cooling Center sites are closed on holidays.

Additional cooling centers may be opened during an extended heat event. Please call 311 before leaving home for the latest cooling center hours and information.

Tips on Staying Cool

During periods of extreme heat, the Baltimore City Health Department recommends city residents:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Reduce outdoor activities, particularly in direct sunlight, and stay in air-conditioned locations
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods
  • Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help responding to the heat

Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which include:

  • Confusion
  • Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Call 911 immediately if any of these symptoms occur