The rising heat index has prompted some jurisdictions to offer residents ways to escape the heat.

* The District is implementing its heat emergency plan while the heat index stays at 95 degrees or above. Key components of the plan include: activation of street showers in selected locations; opening of cooling centers in senior citizens facilities, District government buildings and other locations; extension of public swimming pool hours; distribution of fans to special-needs residents. People who need transportation to cooling centers can call the hypothermia hotline at 202-399-7093.

* Prince George's County is opening cooling centers at the Cora B. Woods Senior Center in Brentwood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the New Carrollton Municipal Center in Lanham from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Camp Springs Senior Center in Camp Springs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Department of Family Services has electric fans available for senior citizens. Call 301-265-8450 for more information.

* Montgomery County doesn't have cooling centers but is opening two of its homeless shelters to anyone who needs to cool down. The sites are the Montgomery Avenue Women's Center in Rockville, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Progress Place in Silver Spring, open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Elderly or low-income residents can get electric fans by calling 240-777-3000. Residents can also call the Montgomery County Crisis Center 24 hours a day at 240-777-4000. The county also recommends that people seek shelter in public places such as shopping malls, recreation centers, senior centers.