Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 2 will be a scorcher; here's what you can do to stay cool

It is likely that HSEMA will declare a heat emergency for July 2 given the weather.gov forecast of a heat index value high of 104.

What this means for residents, workers, and visitors is that additional services are put into place:

  • DC government operates four cooling centers:
    • 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 homeless people to encourage them to get to a cool place.   UPO will also look out 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 2014 HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN (PDF)
  • DC Housing Authority opens buildings as cooling centers for seniors who live in a non-air conditioned buildings.   The locations are listed on page 2 of the 2014 HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN (PDF).

Department of Parks and Recreation operates 19 spray parks and they are open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm every day. (UPDATE: Link from map corrected 7/2/14)

Finally, DC government notices alerts on the DC government home page during heat emergencies.   The alert links people to resources. (UPDATE: Graphic updated 7/2/14)

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