Extreme heat or cold can injure or kill. Homeless persons are particularly vulnerable.
Important: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help.
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
The location of the emergency, including the street address
The phone number you are calling from
The nature of the emergency
Details about the emergency, such as a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced
The District’s “Homeless Services Reform Act” requires the District to make public or private buildings available to provide shelter to individuals or families who are homeless and cannot access other shelter, whenever the actual or forecasted temperature or heat index rises above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This does not require the District to provide overnight shelter.