06/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2021 22:54
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Due to the current temperatures and forecast of extreme heat, Mayor Muriel Bowser has activated the District's Heat Emergency Plan for Sunday, June 20 and Monday, June 21, 2021. When the forecast of the temperature or heat index in the District is 95 degrees or higher, District Government, through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), implements the Heat Emergency Plan and activates cooling centers for residents to seek relief from the heat.
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. If you or someone you know needs transportation to a cooling center, please call the shelter hotline at (202) 399-7093. Residents may find their closest cooling center using the District's interactive map.
The Downtown Day Center at 1313 New York Avenue NW will operate a cooling center with limited capacity for individuals experiencing homelessness from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Limited services will be provided including restrooms, bottled water and snacks, and no appointment is necessary.
For more information about services provided during a heat emergency, please visit heat.dc.gov or call the Mayor's Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.
District spray parks are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day through Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021.
Extreme Heat Safety Precautions:
Help protect yourself and others from extreme hot weather by:
Low-Barrier shelters for individuals operate year-round. Due to COVID-19 public health emergency, all low-barrier shelters remain open 24 hours and will remain open all day on June 20 and 21, 2021.
Families seeking emergency shelter may call the Mayor's Citywide Call Center by dialing 311 at any time, day or night.
Fire Hydrant Safety:
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, please call 311.