You can save a life in extreme weather!

Extreme heat or cold can injure or kill. Homeless persons are particularly vulnerable.

In a medical emergency, dial 911.

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

To obtain non-emergency help in extreme weather in the District of Columbia, contact the District’s Extreme Weather Hotline, 1-800-535-7252, or 311.

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.

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