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Beating the Heat – Helping Families Experiencing Homelessness During Summer

Abbey Rudd

2 min read

Jun 21

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🔥Summer Heatwave Alert🔥 How We Can Help Families in Need

As the summer heat intensifies, many of us are looking for ways to stay cool and comfortable. But for some members of our community, particularly families experiencing homelessness, finding relief from the scorching temperatures is a daily battle.

In Cobb County, families with children are enduring this heatwave while living in their vehicles or on the streets. This harsh reality makes it incredibly difficult to stay safe and healthy. At Family Promise Cobb, we are committed to raising awareness about this critical issue and providing practical tips to help those in need during this extreme weather.


Understanding the Challenges

Homelessness presents numerous challenges, and the summer heat only exacerbates these difficulties. Without access to stable housing, families struggle to find safe and cool environments. The risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke increases significantly during heatwaves. Children, the elderly, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions are especially vulnerable.


Practical Tips for Staying Cool

Whether you have a stable home or are currently experiencing homelessness, here are some essential tips to stay cool and safe during the summer:


  1. Hydrate! 💧 Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can creep up quickly, especially in high temperatures.

  2. Seek Shade. 🌳 Whenever possible, find a shady spot to rest. Trees, buildings, and other structures can provide much-needed relief from direct sunlight.

  3. Stay Ventilated. 💨 Keep air circulating around you. Sit near fans, open windows, or find a breezy spot to help cool down.

  4. Wear Light-Colored Clothing. 👕 Choose white or light-colored clothes that reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s rays. This simple step can help keep your body temperature down.

  5. Limit Physical Activity. 🚶‍♂️ Try to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. If you need to be active, take frequent breaks and hydrate regularly.

  6. Seek immediate relief if you feel at risk.


How You Can Help

Raising awareness about the plight of families experiencing homelessness during summer is crucial. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

  • Donate. Financial contributions to organizations like Family Promise Cobb help provide essential services and resources to families in need.

  • Volunteer. Offer your time to local shelters or outreach programs. Every bit of help makes a significant impact.

  • Spread the Word. Share information about the challenges of homelessness during summer and the tips provided above. Increasing awareness can lead to more community support.



As we enjoy the warmth and activities of summer, let’s not forget our neighbors who are struggling to stay cool and safe. By sharing knowledge, resources, and compassion, we can help families experiencing homelessness weather this heatwave and beyond.

Stay safe, stay cool, and let’s support each other through this summer heat.


#FamilyPromiseCobb #BeatTheHeat #HomelessnessAwareness #StayCoolCobb #HeatwaveSafety

Abbey Rudd

2 min read

Jun 21

12

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