July 21, 2024

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DC heat emergency extended through holiday weekend

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Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced an extended heat emergency that will remain throughout the weekend and into next week, or until conditions approve.

Residents are encouraged to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and check on neighbors. Those without access to air-conditioning are advised to seek relief in conditioned buildings and cooling centers.

RELATED: Cooling centers open across multiple counties in the region

With forecasts predicted to reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit throughout early next week, residents are advised to limit time outdoors. Especially vulnerable populations should limit time outdoors to no more than 20 minutes per hour.

Residents should also be aware of symptoms and signs of heat exhaustion and stroke, including dry red skin, convulsions, throbbing headaches, disorientation, chills, delirium, and coma. 

Outreach teams from the Department of Homeland Security, the United Planning Organization, the Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Department of Aging and Community Living will conduct welfare checks and encourage individuals to stay indoors. 

Additionally, cooling buses will also be available across the city.

Here is where to find cooling areas and precautions to take:

While some cooling centers will open specifically when a Heat Emergency is activated, many of the District’s cooling centers will be available during their regular business hours. Find your closest cooling center using the District’s interactive map.

Extreme Heat Safety Precautions: 

Help protect yourself and others from extreme hot weather by: 

  • Staying indoors when possible 
  • Checking in on your neighbors
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Keeping pets indoors
  • Wearing appropriate clothing and sunscreen

Officials say. all low-barrier shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness operate year-round and remain open 24 hours.  

  • 801 East Shelter at 2722 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE 
  • Adams Place Shelter at 2210 Adams Place NE 
  • New York Avenue Shelter at 1355-57 New York Avenue NE 
  • Emery Shelter at 1725 Lincoln Road NE 
  • Harriet Tubman Shelter for Women, DC General Building 9 at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue SE 
  • Patricia Handy Place for Women Extension at 1009 11th Street NW 
  • Living Life Alternatively at 400 50th Street SE 

The Cooling Center at the Downtown Day Services Center located at 1313 New York Avenue NW is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Walk-in services are available to guests with no appointment required. Entry will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis. A full-capacity lunch service will continue Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Emery Men’s Shelter at 1725 Lincoln Road NE,  7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. 
  • Eve’s Place at 2210B Adam’s Place NE, 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. 

Spray Parks, Outdoor Pools, and Indoor Pools: 

District spray parks are now open for daily operations. Spray parks are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here to view a full list of spray parks and locations.

Outdoor pools are operating on their weekly six-day schedules. Find the outdoor pool schedule here.

Additionally, DPR operates indoor pools throughout the District, which can be accessed as cooling centers. View a full list of indoor pools and operating schedules at dpr.dc.gov/indoorpools

DPR manages and maintains neighborhood recreation and community centers that can be used as cooling centers. These centers operate on individual schedules which are available online at dpr.dc.gov/reccenters

  • Pepco encourages residential energy conservation where possible during extended periods of high heat. To report downed power lines or an outage, text OUT to 48710 or call 1-877-737-2662. For energy conservation tips, click here.
  • To report water disruption, pressure loss, or a sewer emergency, contact the DC Water Emergency Command Center at (202) 612-3400.

Residents are reminded that the unauthorized use of fire hydrants is unlawful, dangerous, and damaging. To report a fire hydrant that has been tampered with, officials ask you call 311. 

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2024-07-06 00:06:07

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