We all have that moment, when we walk into an air conditioned building and breathe a sigh of relief as we feel the cool air. It seems harder to do everything in the heat. Everyday tasks like mowing the lawn and taking care of the garden seem harder with the extreme heat and humidity.
This is also one of the most vulnerable times for people experiencing homelessness. With an increased risk of dehydration, and longer term exposure to heat and humidity; many people on the streets are at risk.
Here is how you can help ...
Be Our Eyes And Ears
If a person in need approaches you or you observe someone needing help, and you believe this may be a medical or safety emergency, please contact 911 immediately.
Passed Out or Suffering from the Heat and Sun?
If a person appears passed out, do not assume they are “just drunk,” instead call 911. People can become dehydrated rapidly in extremely hot weather and anyone “passed out,” lying in the sun or badly sunburned is medically at risk.
Water, Water Everywhere
Many homeless people do not have ready access to water. It is both compassionate and helpful to offer bottled water to homeless persons in addition to sunscreen or hats for sun protection. Suggesting moving into shaded areas may also help someone with sun or heat exposure.
A Place to Stay Inside
Homeless shelters listed below offer people who are particularly vulnerable or at risk of heat-related health problems the option of staying in for the day or coming early during hot weather advisories.
IF A HOMELESS PERSON APPEARS TO BE AT RISK, PLEASE DIAL 9-1-1