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Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County on Tuesday, August 1
With temperatures expected to climb into triple digits this week and remain high for several days, Multnomah County will open three cooling centers to help seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions stay safe.
Cooling centers will open Tuesday, August 1, and remain open through at least Monday, August 7, at the locations listed below. Centers may remain open beyond this date temperatures remain above 90 degrees. All cooling centers will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
- Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland
- Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
- Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland
Transportation to cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged. All rides are free of charge.
Pets and children are welcome at all three cooling center locations. Each location also will have activities including board games and movies. Snacks and water also are available.
Community members are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives and also to sign up to receive email alerts about future cooling center openings.
High temperatures can place a dangerous strain on older adults and those with heart and other health issues. According to the National Weather Service, the prolonged record-high temperatures will create a situation in which heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, are likely.
Here are a few tips for staying cool:
- Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy or heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
- Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library, shopping mall or other cooled space.
- Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high -- even with the windows open.
- Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
- Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
- Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
- Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.
- Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.
- For additional tips, visit www.multco.us/help-when-its-hot
- Call for more information. The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or Telephone Relay Service (TRS) at 711.