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Mayor Bowser Activates Heat Emergency Plan: August 9-13, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

Due to the forecast of extreme heat, Mayor Muriel Bowser activated the District’s Heat Emergency Plan for Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 13, 2021. When the forecast of the temperature or heat index in the District is 95 degrees or higher, District Government implements the Heat Emergency Plan and activates cooling centers for residents to seek relief from the heat. A list of District cooling center locations is available at 
Extreme heat is dangerous and can cause illnesses and death. As temperatures rise, you are encouraged to take an active role in your safety and take action to stay cool. 

  • Stay indoors: find places in the shade or with air conditioning to seek relief from the heat.
  • Check on your neighbors: young children, the elderly, and those with access and functional needs are the most vulnerable in our community. If you or someone you know needs transportation to a cooling center, please call the shelter hotline at 202-399-7093.
  • Drink plenty of water and wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing. 
  • Do not leave children or pets in vehicles. Vehicles can reach dangerous temperatures within 10 minutes. For all animal emergencies, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures or in vehicles, call the Humane Rescue Alliance at 202-723-5730.
  • Pet owners should keep pets indoors, walk pets early in the morning, and give pets plenty of water.

 For additional tips on extreme heat, visit