Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What to do in a heat emergency

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) plays an important role in managing heat emergencies in the District of Columbia.   What is a heat emergency?   According to HSEMA, a heat emergency is declared when the "temperature or heat index reaches 95ยบ."

Heat, like cold, can kill.   HSEMA, Department of Health, and Department of Human Services (which operates the cooling centers), offer guidance on staying cool in extreme heat: turning AC on, visiting a District government-operated cooling center, and drinking plenty of water.

Residents and visitors can also call the Shelter Hotline at 1-800-535-7252.   And of course, call 911 in an emergency.

Information about water for the homeless is available by calling United Planning Organization at (202) 399-7093.

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