Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What to do for those without AC when it's hot, hot, hot

With the extreme heat (95 degrees temp or feel) come special plans to keep residents, visitors, and workers cool and safe.   The details are in 2014 HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN (PDF).

The best way to beat the heat is to stay inside an air conditioned building.   If you have to leave, check out these options to cool down:

  • The Department of Parks and Recreation has opened spray parks a week early.   These sites, located in all but Ward 2, are open from Noon 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. (UPDATED: 6/17/14, 9:15p)
  • The four cooling centers are:
    • One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St NW
    • Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby), 2000 14th St NW
    • King Office Building (Lobby), 3720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE
    • Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, 33 N St NE
  • United Planning Organization (UPO) vans will be on the lookout for people suffering from heat-related stress and provide transport to a Cooling Center.   If you need to call for transport, call DC Shelter Hotline at (800) 535-7252.
  • The Department of Human Services opens cooling centers for homeless residents; the list of the sites is on pages 1 and 2 of the plan.
  • DC Housing Authority open buildings as cooling centers for seniors who live in a non-air conditioned buildings.   The locations are listed on page 2 of the plan.

Finally, DC government posts an alert on the DC government home page during heat emergencies.   The alert links people to resources.

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