Multnomah, Clackamas Counties to open cooling centers as more hot weather approaches

Summer is not over yet! NWS graphic from August 27, 2017

Summer is not over yet!

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for parts of Western Oregon as temperatures are expected to climb back up into the upper 90s and possibly into triple digits in the coming days.

Health officials warn that the hot weather can be extremely dangerous for some, and it is especially important for seniors, and people with disabilities and other health conditions to stay safe.

To help offer relief from the heat, Multnomah and Clackamas counties will be opening cooling centers through the hottest hours of the day.

Multnomah County's three centers will be open on Sunday, August 27, Monday, August 28, and Tuesday August 29 from 2 PM to 8 PM on Sunday, and from 5 PM to 8 PM on Monday and Tuesday:

  • 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 and all rides are free of charge.

Pets and children are welcome at all three locations, and each location will also have activities including board games and movies. Snacks and water will also be available.

Clackamas County is also offering several cooling centers throughout the region that can offer a retreat from the heat. Most locations are open from the mid-morning hours to the evening. | List of cooling centers

Officials said they would like to remind everyone who heads outside to protect themselves and avoid sun exposure if possible.

Here are some tips from Multnomah County on 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.
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  • 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.

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