Residents and visitors in the District can keep cool by staying in the shade or air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. When the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to beat the heat. People who do not live in an air-conditioned building may take refuge at a District spray park, cooling center, recreation facility, senior center, or other air-conditioned building. More information and locations can be found at DC.gov or by calling 311.
Four United Planning Organization (UPO) vans will be canvassing various areas throughout the city for persons suffering from heat-related stress. The vans will provide transport to one of the cooling centers. Persons in need of transportation to a cooling center are encouraged to contact the hyperthermia hotline at 1 (800) 535-7252. UPO will also provide water to the individuals who will be transported.
General Heat Emergency Information
- Learn how to keep cool during a heat emergency
- Tips for keeping yourself and your family healthy: Hot and humid conditions can cause many medical problems such as heat exhaustion and stroke, learn how to prevent them HERE.
- View a map of cooling centers, spray parks and swimming pools
- Find a spray park: Spray parks are located around the city. Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm.
- View the 2016 Heat Emergency Plan: The heat emergency plan includes lists of cooling centers, spray parks, and libraries. It also contains resources for senior residents and the homeless.
Important Telephone Numbers
- Senior resources, cooling centers and information: (202) 724-5626
- Location of public cooling centers: (202) 727-6161
- Seniors needing energy cost assistance: 311
- Hyperthermia hotline for the homeless and persons at risk: 1 (800) 535-7252
DC Water and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) officials want to remind the public that unauthorized fire hydrant use is unlawful, dangerous, and damaging.