5 WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUR GUESTS BEAT THE HEAT
Hot temperatures, lack of access to public bathrooms, and dehydration can be an extremely dangerous combination for our guests who are living on the streets. Every moment becomes about survival through the unpredictable summer months. Here are five ways you can help the men and women experiencing homelessness this summer:
1. Know the signs of heat exhaustion
Pale skin, profuse sweating, rapid heartbeat, abdominal cramps, dark colored urine, confusion, dizziness, fainting are all signs of heat exhaustion. Those who do not get help while experiencing heat exhaustion can experience a heat stroke. Keep a watchful eye on the men and women who are living on the street during the hot days we have this summer. We urge you to call 911 if you witness someone experiencing a medical emergency.
2. Save the Hyperthermia Hotline number in your phone: 202.399.7093 or 311
If you ever come across someone that you think is experiencing a hyperthermia issue please call the hyperthermia and shelter hotline immediate for assistance.
Sunblock, bug spray, deodorant, and small bottles of water are just a few of the items we have listed on our Amazon Wish List this summer. Click here to see all the items you can donate today.
You can make a huge difference in sustaining our front-line staff as they provide urgent services to our most vulnerable neighbors every day of the week. Make monthly giving back a breeze!
5. Say hello and hand out water
People experiencing homelessness are often ignored by passing patrons on the street. Bring dignity to those experiencing homelessness by simply saying “hello.”