UPDATE: 8/28/2023 8:42 AM

According to EMSA, Oklahoma City’s fourth medical heat alert as expired.

Officials say EMTs only responded to one heat-related illness call on Sunday, August 17.

UPDATE: 8/21/2023 8:42 AM

According to EMSA, medics responded to 10 heat-related illness calls and transported eight patients to nearby hospitals in the Oklahoma City area on Sunday, August 20.

In total over the weekend, EMSA has responded to 17 heat-related illness calls and transported 10 patients to nearby hospitals.


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – EMSA has issued yet another Medical Heat Alert on Sunday, August 20.

According to EMSA, medics responded to seven suspected heat-related illness calls in the Oklahoma City area Saturday, August 19.

EMSA says two patients were transported to nearby hospitals due to their symptoms.

Heat Safety Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement drinks several hours before being out in the summer heat
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide brimmed hat if working outdoors
  • Take plenty of breaks in the shade
  • No alcohol or caffeine
  • If you do not have air conditioning, find a cooling station or public area with air conditioning during the day
  • Don’t limit your air conditioning use
  • Use the buddy system if working outdoors
  • Check on elderly neighbors
  • Keep a cell phone on you at all times when outdoors

EMSA issues a heat alert when paramedics respond to five or more heat-related illness calls in a 24-hour period.

EMSA’s Heat Alert will remain in effect until the temperatures or heat-related calls decrease significantly.

Oklahoma City cooling shelters

  • Almonte Library, 2914 SW 59 St.
  • Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker
  • Capitol Hill Library, 327 SW 27 St.
  • Earlywine Park YMCA, 1801 S May Ave.
  • Wright Library, 101 Exchange Ave.
  • Homeless Alliance Day Shelter, 1724 NW Fourth St.
  • Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA, 1 NW Fourth St.
  • Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23 St.
  • Ronald J. Norick Library Downtown, 3000 Park Ave.
  • Red Shield Dining Room, 1001 N Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122 St.
  • Belle Isle Library, 5500 N Villa Ave.
  • The Village Library, 10307 N Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Northside Branch YMCA, 10000 N Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Jones Library, 12900 E Britton Road.
  • Rockwell Plaza YMCA, 8300 Glade Ave.