July 16, 2019 - City employees and representatives from H.E.L.P. Inc. will be out today and throughout the week providing water and help for the homeless and those who are outside coping with the heat.
H.E.L.P, the non-profit that works with the city to aid the homeless, will also keep its day center open and will provide a thermal shelter where residents can escape the heat Thursday through Sunday. H.E.L.P. stands for Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions.
The National Weather Center in Wakefield said Hampton Roads will have to deal with excessive heat through the weekend, with temperatures expected to peak Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hampton residents, including the elderly and the homeless, are encouraged to use community centers and libraries to escape from the heat and get cool drinking water. Residents are also encouraged to check on friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe.
The Weather Service says a combination of high temperature and high humidity can cause heat illnesses. Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioned rooms if possible, and stay out of the sun.