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Hypothermia Alert will be “Activated” at 7PM Tonight

Sunday, November 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC- An overnight hypothermia alert will be ACTIVATED at 7:00 pm. Sunday, November 22, 2015 and will be in effect until 7:00 am. Monday, November 23, 2015.

The National Weather Service forecasts overnight temperatures for the District of Columbia in the low 30’s with a wind chills reaching the upper 20s.

If you or someone you know needs shelter or transportation to shelter, call the DC Shelter Hotline at 1( 800) 535-7252 or the Mayor’s Call Center at 311. Access and transportation to emergency shelter is available to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia.

Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday - Thursday between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. Families can also call the DC Shelter Hotline at 1 (800) 535-7252 or 311 at any time day or night.

***During hypothermia alerts, the District of Columbia expands shelter capacity across the city, provides scheduled and on-demand transportation to shelter sites, and coordinates outreach activities to protect people experiencing homelessness from extreme weather injury.

In order to ensure that persons who are experiencing homelessness in the District are safe throughout the winter season, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will call a hypothermia alert when the actual or forecasted temperature falls below 32°, or 40°  or below and the forecasted chance of precipitation is 50% or greater.

For more information on Hypothermia and Cold Alerts, including the location of hypothermia shelters, please access the DC Winter Plan here:  http://ich.dc.gov/page/winter-plan-2015-2016