EMSA issues first medical heat alert of the year after 2 patients transported

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 17:46:45-04

TULSA – Medical officials issued a medical heat alert on Wednesday after responding to five or more heat-related emergency calls.

EMSA medics were called to treat five patients for heat-related illnesses this week as the temperatures started to creep into the 90s.


The heat alert was issued around 2 p.m. and two out of the five patients were transported to a local hospital but both were reported in fair condition.

According to EMSA, the ages ranged from adolescent to adult.

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. They have programs that could possibly help you.
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors and check on elderly neighbors.

The following cooling stations are open for business 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 am – 8:00 pm

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

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