Monday, July 7, 2014

Updated advice on staying cool in a heat emergency

When it's 95° or feels like its 95°, DC government declares a Heat Emergency.

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

DC government and several community-based organizations operate cooling centers (mapped here):

  • Cooling centers open to all:
    • 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
  • The Department of Human Services opens cooling centers for homeless residents; the list of the sites is on page 2 of the 2014 HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN (updated June 26, 2014)
  • DC Housing Authority opens buildings as cooling centers for seniors who live in a non-air conditioned buildings.   The locations are listed on pages 2 and 3 of the 2014 HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN (updated June 26, 2014).

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.

Department of Parks and Recreation operates 19 spray parks and they are open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm every day.

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

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