An advocacy group for the homeless is warning residents in the Washington area to be alert for homeless people who may need help in the extreme heat.
The group Miriam's Kitchen said Tuesday that the heat poses a serious health risk for homeless and elderly people, including dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
“Summer can be uncomfortable enough for those of us with air conditioning and shelter. But for the homeless, extreme heat is more than an inconvenience, it is a potentially serious health risk,” said Miriam’s Kitchen President and CEO, Scott Schenkelberg.
The charity says local businesses and residents should call 911 if they see someone experiencing an emergency because of the heat.
The city has cooling centers at One Judiciary Square, the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets, the King office building in southeast Washington and the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center in northeast Washington.
There is also a hyperthermia hotline to call if someone needs a ride to the city's cooling centers. It is 1-800-535-7252.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.