EMSA medics responded to 21 suspected heat-related calls Saturday after the agency issued its second heat alert of year.

Thirteen people had been taken to area hospitals because of heat-related illness symptoms as of 8 p.m., according to a news release. 

The agency issues a medical heat alert when medics respond to five or more suspected heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.

"EMSA is urging citizens to make a plan to stay safe," a news release stated.

"Plan the amount of time you think will be outdoors and take appropriate amounts of water or other fluids with you, even if just planning for a short amount of outdoor time. Emergencies can happen and you could be stranded outdoors longer than expected. Always have a cell phone with you to call 911, if needed."

The following cooling stations are open for business until further notice:

  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope, 102 N. Denver Ave., 24/7.
  • John 3:16 Mission, 506 N. Cheyenne Ave., 24/7.
  • Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th St., noon to 9 p.m.
  • Tulsa County Social Services, 2401 Charles Page Blvd., 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tips for staying healthy in the heat:

  • Pre-hydration is key in preventing heat-related illness. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours prior to and during long exposure to the summer heat.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors and take plenty of shade breaks.
  • No alcohol or caffeine.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public space (such as libraries or malls) during the day.
  • Also, don’t limit your air conditioning. If you are concerned about your electric bill, call PSO or 211. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • 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.


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Michael is an assistant news editor at the Tulsa World. He joined the World in November 2002, and has worked at newspapers in Oklahoma and Kansas since 1989. Phone: 918-581-8469

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