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
Noon10:00 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.