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Heat Alert - Cooling Stations and Tips for Staying Healthy

This article was archived on 9/10/2017

With rising temperatures, it's imperative that we all take precautions against summer heat and look out for anyone outdoors or individuals who may not have access to a cool space. 

EMSA will issue a medical heat alert when they respond to five or more suspected heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period. EMSA is urging citizens to take proactive measures to stay safe in the heat by keeping fluids accessible and drinking plenty of water before going outdoors and during outdoor time. Also, limit outdoor time and take frequent breaks in shade or indoors. 

Several local agencies have opened their cooling stations to help Tulsans beat the heat. The following locations are open until further notice:

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Open: 24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
Open: 8:30 am – 8 p.m. 

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Open: Noon to 9 p.m., 7-days a week

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103
Open: 24/7

Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as Cooling Stations

Dial 2-1-1 for locations, hours and other information. Dial 2-1-1 for more information on applying for a free, loaned air conditioning unit.

Tips for staying healthy in the heat:

  • PRE-HYDRATION is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.
  • No alcohol or caffeine. 
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.
  • Also, don’t limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO or 211. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors, including walking, running daily errands, yard work or sports and physical activity.