On May 29, 2020, CHPC hosted a virtual event to discuss the City’s plan to distribute air conditioners to senior New Yorkers this summer.
Eric Klineberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
Benjamin Strong, Senior Director of Emergency Preparedness at NYC’s Department for the Aging
Jainey Bavishi, Director, Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
KEEPING NEW YORKERS COOL DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
New Yorkers respond to hot summers by spending more time outside their apartments, at the beach or pool, and in air-conditioned spaces such as movie theaters and libraries. During a typical summer, New York City creates cooling centers during dangerous heat waves to help elderly and vulnerable neighbors access safe, cool spaces. In the summer of 2020, these options are likely to be severely limited.