DC leaders prepared for extreme heat through the weekend

Washington DC — City resources are working together to the make sure everyone is informed about the dangers of heat exhaustion, dehydration and other worries tied to soaring temperatures.

Leaders from groups like emergency management, parks and recreation and the health department want residents to know there are several options available this weekend for staying cool, even if you’re building does not have air conditioning.

Spray parks and pools around the city are planning on staying open later than usual. There are also several rec centers and senior citizen centers across the city that have been identified as a place to find some relief from the heat of the day.

The city says it will also be proactive in trying to keep people safe. Four vans from the city will be out and about the weekend looking for signs of people struggling with heat related problems.

Metro also said it will be ready to respond to mass power outages with buses that have air conditioning.

The city’s emergency responders will also have four more ambulances in rotation in anticipation of heat related illnesses.

The city encourages you to find out about resources and aid closest to you by visiting its special web page created for heat emergencies or by using the following 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