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Equity Health Center Provides Resources and Urges Coatesville Residents to Prepare for Extreme Heat Conditions

As the region prepares for what may be the hottest summer on record, Equity Health Center urges Coatesville residents to plan ahead to ensure well-being during extreme weather conditions. Heat waves present a significant public health risk and disproportionately affect urban areas due to the concentration of buildings and paved surfaces that retain and amplify heat, as well as vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children, pregnant women, individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and those without access to air conditioning.

“When summer temperatures rise, the risk of heat-related illnesses increases, and knowing where to find quick medical support during a heat wave is crucial,” says Moira Gassenmeyer, Equity Health Center Coordinator. “We are fostering partnerships with local organizations and government agencies to help protect residents’ health and safety during heat waves and make resources more accessible.”

You can keep informed about current and future excessive heat advisories and warnings by following area weather forecasts on local radio and TV news, checking weather sites online, or subscribing on your smartphone to alerts from a weather service.

According to the CDC, if an individual is experiencing a temperature of above 103 degrees (orally), rapid or strong pulse, red, hot, and dry skin, or profuse sweating, dizziness, confusion, or unconsciousness, seek medical attention immediately. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a severe heat-related illness, call 911 for assistance. In addition, never leave people or pets in a closed car on warm days, and check on individuals who may be at risk during excessive heat events.

Roberta Cosentino, Assistant City Manager of the City of Coatesville, urges residents to “share information about and make use of the City’s resources, parks and cooling locations to stay safe and comfortable.”

Where to Find Quick Medical Support During a Heat Wave:

  • ChesPenn: 744 Lincoln Hwy E #110, Coatesville, PA 19320
  • Lancaster General Urgent Care in Parkesburg: 950 Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365

Accessible via the Coatesville LINK off the West Sadsbury Commons stop.

  • CVS Minute Clinic: 3015 Lincoln Hwy E, Thorndale, PA 19372

Accessible by SEPTA bus 135.

Where to Cool Down in Coatesville:

Here are some key locations in Coatesville where you can find relief from the heat:

  • Coatesville YMCA: Cool off with a swim at the Coatesville YMCA pool. For more information and membership rates visit Coatesville YMCA.
  • Cooling Centers: Local cooling centers are available at libraries, senior centers, and non-profit organizations. These locations provide air-conditioned spaces where you can escape the heat. To locate the Chester County cooling center closest to you call 2-1-1.
  • Splash Pads and Parks: Beat the heat and have some fun at the splash pads located at Palmer Park and near the Riverwalk (First & Lincoln Highway) and in shaded areas in City parks.
  • Bottled Water Distribution: Stay hydrated by picking up bottled water at the following locations (availability may vary):
    • Coatesville Fire Department
    • Senior Center
    • Coatesville Police Department
    • Coatesville Public Library

For more information on heat wave safety and resources, visit Chester County’s Extreme Heat page.

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