EMSA Issues Heat Alert After 16 Heat Related Calls

Saturday, August 19th 2017, 6:47 pm
By: News On 6

EMSA issued a heat alert in Tulsa after responding to 16 suspected heat-related calls. 

Of those 16, EMSA said nine patients were transported to local hospitals. Two patients were transported "emergent" and the remaining as "non-emergent".

Patients ranged in age from 10 to 60 years old.

The agency urges people to take precautions to stay safe:

  • Keep fluids accessible
  • Drink plenty of water before going outdoors and during outdoor time
  • Limit outdoor time
  • Take frequent breaks in shade or indoors, especially during sporting events and while doing yard work
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day
  • Don’t limit your air conditioning
  • 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

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103

Senior Nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as cooling stations.

Dial 211 for locations, hours and other information. Dial 211 for more information on applying for a free, loaned air conditioning unit.