Lexington Declares Phase 3 Heat Alert


With temperatures in the 90’s and the National Weather Service having issued an Extreme Heat Warning, Lexington Emergency Management has activated its Phase 3 Heat Alert.

The combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day and check on elderly neighbors. 

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has activated its Emergency Summer Weather Plan.  The Hope Center HopeMobile will be covering these extended days and will be distributing water, sunscreen, and other supplies. The Hope Center HopeMobile can be contacted at 859-252-7881.   Additional shelter and cooling center information is included in the attached resource list.

With a Phase 3 Heat Alert, the following went into effect at noon, Thursday, July 18.

  • Lexington Parks and Recreation will offer half-price pool admission through Sunday, July 21.
  • Lextran will provide free rides to shelters and cooling centers through Sunday, July 21.
  • The Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper Street, will open as a cooling center through Sunday, July 21. Exact hours will be posted.
  • The Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane, will open as a cooling center on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, from noon – 4 pm.
  • Additional facilities will open if there is sufficient demand for additional neighborhood cooling centers.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211, or visit the United Way of the Bluegrass website – www.uwbg.org - for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.

More information about extreme heat conditions is available at www.lexingtonky.gov/heat or the Lexington Emergency Management website at www.BeReadyLexington.com/extreme-heat. Information is available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – and also on Twitter - @lexkyem.