May 27, 2024 

Jefferson Parish Libraries (River Ridge and Terrytown branches) will open as cooling shelters

JEFFERSON, LA  The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Jefferson Parish effective on Monday, May 27, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Heat index values near 108 degrees are expected in the area.

All Jefferson Parish offices are closed on May 27, 2024 for the Memorial Day holiday; however, the Jefferson Parish Library will open both the River Ridge and Terrytown branches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as cooling shelters. There will be no programming at the libraries but residents are welcome to utilize these facilities to stay cool. The River Ridge Library is located at 8825 Jefferson Hwy. on the east bank of Jefferson Parish, and the Terrytown Library is located at 680 Heritage Ave.on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

Citizens should remain weather aware and take precautionary measures to avoid becoming a victim of heat exhaustion and related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Some factors that might increase your risk of developing a heat-related illness include: high levels of humidity, obesity, fever, dehydration, prescription drug use, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn and alcohol use.

Heat-related illnesses can be prevented by:

  • Wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Staying indoors in air conditioning and limiting outdoor activities
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Wearing sunscreen
  • Staying hydrated
  • Avoiding heavy meals, alcohol and sugary beverages
  • NEVER leaving children or pets in cars. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with an open window.

During high temperatures, it is important to monitor those at high risk, including infants and young children, people 65 or older, those who are overweight, people who overexert during work or exercise and people who are physically ill (especially with heart disease or high blood pressure), or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor circulation.

It is also important to protect your four-legged friends during hot weather months. Jefferson Protection & Animal Welfare Services recommends the following:

  • Even though you and your pets need exercise, it is important to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
  • Much like humans, animals can also get sunburned; monitor your pet for burns (short- and light-colored fur). Apply animal-safe sunblock, if necessary.
  • A pet’s fur may actually help keep them cool in the hotter months, so reconsider before cutting off all their fur, but keep them properly groomed.
  • Some pets may be more susceptible to heat (bulldogs, pugs, etc.); monitor these breeds for breathing issues.
  • Bring water when going on a long walk, even in the earliest or latest part of the day.
  • DO NOT leave your pet in a hot vehicle.
  • Animals’ paws are just as tender as your feet, so please check the pavement with your hand; if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Pet shoes or booties help keep their paws safe.

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter Youtube, JPTV and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.


    Jefferson Parish Public Information Office

    1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002

    Jefferson, LA 70123

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    Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO