Cooling Shelter OPEN in Alexandria on HOT Monday

by Lee Hernly, Editor
Due to the heat, Alexandria, Virginia is opening David's Place as a cooling shelter. The shelter is open to anyone in need of a cool place to spend the day. Details...

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting elevated temperatures for the Alexandria, Virginia area on Monday June 18.  Temperatures may feel like the low to mid 100s during today.

Hot temperatures can create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible especially for older adults, children, people who are sick as well as pets.

Due to the heat, Alexandria, Virginia is opening David’s Place as a cooling shelter until 5:00 PM. At the shelter, an invitation is extended to anyone in need of a cool place to spend the day. This includes residents who are elderly and/or have no A/C. Please check on neighbors, family members, and friends.

REMINDER: The shelter is NOW located at the former Macy’s at the old Landmark Mall Shopping Center – 5701-D Duke Street in Alexandria.

If you see anyone in need of a place to cool off, please contact Alexandria Police at 703.746.4444.

For alternates to a public cooling shelter, consider visiting a movie theater, congregation, or shopping mall.

The public is urged to take make measures to stay healthy and safe during extreme temperatures:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light clothing
  • Stay inside in a cool place, if possible
  • Wear a hat if you must go outside
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Prepare for the heat by pulling shades down during the day and keeping windows open at night
  • Use damp cloths on your neck, head and chest to cool down
  • Please do not leave animals and any vulnerable individuals in a hot home or car without supervision.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know is having a medical emergency or showing signs of a heat stroke. Symptoms include:

  • Extremely high body temperature 103°+
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Red, hot, dry skin (with no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Mental Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Unconsciousness

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