EMSA Issues Medical Heat Alert

      EMSA medics have treated several individuals with heat-related illness symptoms since 12:01 this morning.

      The first medical heat alert was issued at 3:20 p.m. after nine patients were treated for heat-related illnesses. Six of the nine were transported to local hospitals in fair condition. Since the first alert, EMSA has responded to three new patients for heat-related symptoms.

      A total of seven patients have been transported to local hospitals in fair condition. The patients' ages ranged from 12 to 70 years of age.

      Tips to avoid heat-related illness:

      * Pre-hydrate hours before long exposure to the heat

      *Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

      *Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine

      *Locate a cooling station or go to a public space if you don't have air conditioning during the day

      Cooling stations locations:

      The Salvation Army Center of Hope, 102 N. Denver Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103, Open 24/7

      Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station, 2401 Charles Page Blvd., Tulsa OK 74127, Open 8:30 am - 8:00 pm

      Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 East 4th Street, Tulsa, OK 74120, Open Noon to 9 pm 7-days a week

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