On Tuesday, November 1st, DC entered Hypothermia Season. As a DC resident, you have the right to shelter during this dangerous time! Below are resources available to you, and remember, Thrive is always here to support you and answer any questions you may have.
What is Hypothermia in Washington DC
Hypothermia is a medical emergency that happens when your body cannot maintain its normal body temperature. If emergency services are not provided, hypothermia can lead to death.
DC issues a Hypothermia Alert when the weather is forecasted to dip below 32 degrees (including wind chill), or 40 degrees if there is a high chance of precipitation.
Know the signs:
We understand any hesitancy to go to a shelter or reach out for support, but when you start to notice these signs and symptoms you need to warm up, or there could be serious consequences, like frostbite or death.
Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:
Resources and Support
DC has protections during hypothermia season to ensure that everyone, regardless of housing status, has access to shelter during dangerous weather conditions. You can utilize these resources:
Thrive DC is here to support you. Visit our office or come to the morning breakfast program to learn more about any of our services. You have rights–let us support you in exercising them this hypothermia season.