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Heat Emergency Information

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

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 Recreation Centers, DC Public Libraries and Senior Wellness Centers are all great places to beat the heat and are open to the public.

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.