• EMSA issues medical heat alert Wednesday


    TULSA, Okla. - TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • EMSA officials issued a medical heat alert for Wednesday, June 13.
    • As of 8:30 p.m., medics responded to 11 suspected heat-related calls in the Tulsa area.
    • EMSA issues the alert when crews respond to five or more heat calls within a 24-hour period.

    Tips From EMSA On Staying Safe 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.

    The following cooling stations are open for business until further notice:

    • The Salvation Army Center of Hope - 102 N. Denver Ave. Tulsa, OK 74103 - 24/7
    • Tulsa County Social Services Cooling Station - 2401 Charles Page Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74127 - 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • John 3:16 Mission - 506 N. Cheyenne, Tulsa, Okla. 74103 - 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.

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