EMSA issues heat alert at start of hottest week of the year


TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- With a week's worth of 100-plus heat indices to look forward to, EMSA has already issued a heat alert and it likely won't be the last of this week.

As of 5:45 p.m. Monday, paramedics have already responded to five suspected heat-related calls. Two of the patients were taken to local hospitals.

The patients included:

  • 20-month-old female – patient was locked in the car, was assessed at the scene and was not transported to a hospital
  • 34-year-old female – transported
  • 49-year-old female
  • 56-year-old male – transported
  • 60-year-old male – patient was in his car broken down on the road, was assessed at the scene and was not transported

Protect yourself from the heat. PRE-HYDRATE. It's key in preventing heat-related illness. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat if working outside. Taken plenty of shade breaks. No alcohol or caffeine.

EMSA issues a medical heat alert whenever paramedics respond to five or more heat-related calls in 24 hours.

The following cooling stations are open 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 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 p.m., 7days a week

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

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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