Philadelphia declares Code Red

The measure is meant to protect homeless and vulnerable people and pets.

Kim Glovas
August 28, 2018 - 12:22 pm
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Tim Jimenez | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia has declared a Code Red to protect homeless people.

Residents can call the outreach team at 215-232-1984 if they see a homeless person on the street who needs shelter from the intense heat.

Call 911 if there is a medical emergency.

RELATED: Heat advisory in effect through Wednesday

The declaration also covers pet care. All dogs must have shade to protect them from the sun. If a dog is not protected, the owner could face a fine of $500 or more. 

To report a dog left in the sun, call the Animal Care and Control Team at 267-385-3800.

Cooling centers have been set up throughout the city, as well, to provide some relief from the intense heat for those most at risk, including the elderly, the very young, and people with respiratory problems. Find a list of locations online