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 Heat Advisory information

  Cooling Shelters – Health and Safety – Resources

OHA offers tips for staying cool as temperatures climb to upper 90s, low 100s

High temperatures can seriously affect the health of older adults, infants and children, those who live or work outdoors, have low incomes, or who have a chronic medical condition. Heat waves are occurring in Oregon more than usual and at higher temperatures. This is expected to worsen in coming years.

OHA offers the following tips to stay safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

  1. Stay cool.

    • Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.
    • Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. when it is hottest, and avoid direct sunlight. Temperatures might stay high longer, too. Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning and late evening.
    • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate. If it cools off in the morning and evening hours, close shades on south and west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.
    • Use portable electric fans to send hot air out of rooms or draw in cooler air, but don’t rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.
    • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun. Dress infants and children that way, too.
    • Use cool compresses, misting and cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
    • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals, which increase body heat.
    • Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars—they can suffer heat-related illness, too.
    • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.
    • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors several times a day. Heat-related illnesses can make it hard to think clearly. This means people may be in danger without realizing it. Make sure loved ones have what they need to stay cool.
  1. Stay hydrated.

    • Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
    • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
    • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.
  1. Stay informed.

    • Keep up to date on the heat risk and heat index when planning your activities so you can find ways to stay cool and hydrated. The heat index measures how hot it feels outside when factoring in humidity with the actual air temperature.
    • Learn how to prevent, recognize and treat heat-related illnesses.
    • Heat-related illness can develop in as little as 10-15 minutes. It can happen indoors. Watch for headache, dizziness and nausea. Check on your family and friends often.
    • Some heat-related illnesses can be managed at home or urgent care. However, if you or someone you see is experiencing confusion or unconsciousness due to heat exposure, call 911. It is a medical emergency.

Other ways to stay cool without an air conditioner:

  • Air conditioners can help you stay cool, but not everyone has one. Visiting friends with an air conditioner or going to cooling centers in your community can help you stay cool.
  • In addition to cooling centers, local houses of worship and libraries may be open to the public during times of extreme heat. Splash pads and shopping centers can also be places to cool off during the day.
  • Drinking plenty of cool water helps keep you from getting dehydrated. Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Water is also great for cooling you off when it’s hot, but not humid. Drape yourself with a damp towel, take a cool bath or shower or take a dip in a fountain. These actions can help cool you off in a hurry and work better when it’s not humid.
  • When it gets hot, close the shades or curtains, or put towels up over the windows, particularly on the sides of the house that face the sun.
  • If you have a cooler part of the house, such as a basement, spend time there during the hottest parts of the day.

For more information, visit OHA’s website:

Contact 211

During periods of extreme heat, counties often open cooling spaces for local communities to seek relief from high temperatures which will be listed here, by county, based on the information shared with 211info by the shelter providers. Opening hours are based on specific counties’ and individual agencies’ criteria.

Methods to contact 211:

  • CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155 or TTY: dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • TEXT your ZIP code to 898211 (TXT211), Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • EMAIL, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to5 p.m. (Language interpreters available by phone; text and email in Spanish and English)

211 Summer and Heat-Related Resources, including listings of cooling centers

If there is a shelter that is not listed, or information that needs to be edited, please email 211’s resource team:

During times of emergency incident response, 211info’s answer rate may var

Take Care

Health officials are making three recommendations today, ahead of next week’s heat:

Reach out: Who do you know who is older, lives alone and may not have a working air conditioning? Of those who died during last year’s heat waves, 78% were 60 or older; 71% lived alone. Only 10 had AC units, 7 of which were malfunctioning or unplugged. Make a plan today to help these people get breaks from the heat next week. And plan to check back in on the, frequently, until temperatures drop.

Prepare food today: Who wants to boil or bake indoors when it’s sweltering outside? During the height of the oncoming heat, avoid using your oven or stove and ditch hot foods and heavy meals. Today is a good time to plan for the heat by cooking your meals now. That way, when the hot weather sets in, all you need to do is reheat meals in the microwave, or simply choose foods that don’t need a heat source.

Open your windows: Sleep with the windows open tonight, or set an alarm to wake up when the temperatures outside are cooler than indoors. Keep up that schedule until temperatures drop.

Heat Illness and First Aid

Heat illness can affect anyone and we should all watch for symptoms in ourselves and others during warm weather.

Heat illness is more common under certain conditions and for individuals with certain risk factors. High temperatures, direct sun exposure, lack of wind or breeze, and exposure to hot surfaces such as blacktop streets or hot machinery increase the risk of heat illness.

Personal risk factors can also increase the likelihood of heat illness, such as dehydration, not being physically ready for an activity, not taking enough breaks during strenuous activity or during extreme temperatures.

People are also at greater risk who have diabetes or heart disease, who have larger bodies or take certain medications including diuretics, muscle relaxers or medications for: blood pressure, allergies, depression or psychosis, diarrhea, dizziness.

If you believe someone has heat exhaustion, get them water and into a cool place immediately. If symptoms persist or worsen to heat stroke, call 911 and follow the supportive measures below until help arrives.

Heat Exhaustion


  • Heavy sweating
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Weakness or muscle cramps
  • Clammy or pale skin
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shallow or rapid breathing

What to do

  • Remove excess clothing
  • Rest in a cool area
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Have a sports drink or salty snack to replace salt and minerals lost through sweat.
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath

Heat Stroke


  • Red, hot skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Heavy sweating (may be absent)
  • Severe headache
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Body temperature of 103 or higher

What to do

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Move to an air-conditioned space
  3. Cool down with cold towels and ice
  4. Offer water only if fully conscious
Sources of information to Bookmark

2-1-1 info(link is external): Call to find cool spaces nearest you, learn cooling centers open, and for transportation support.

National Weather Service(link is external): Check the forecast and plan outdoor activities for the coolest times of day.

Cool places in Multnomah County(link is external): Find a library, community center, pool or splash pad near you.

Cool places in Clackamas County(link is external): Find cool spaces in Clackamas County.

Cool places in Washington County(link is external): Find cool spaces in Washington County.

Air Conditioning and Energy Assistance
You may also be able to speak with your health care provider about health related needs such as air conditioners.  Assistance may be available from local resources or a medical benefit through the Oregon Health Plan. For more information go to the Care Oregon website:
Have A Backup Plan For Heat Emergencies
Ready. Gov recommends that everyone have a backup plan for emergencies of all kinds, including extreme heat. Your plan should include what you can do before a heat emergency and how to safe during the crisis. For important items consider when creating a backup plan for heat emergencies visit
  • How to keep  your home cool and what to do if it gets too hot.
  • How to stay safe during a heat emergency
  • How to recognize and respond to heat related illness
Responding to Extreme Heat For the Disabled
Disability Rights of Oregon warns that extreme weather can be a threat to people living it disabilities.  Use these links to learn more about the risks and respond to them.
Disability Rights of Oregon provides tips to help the disabled to stay safe and healthy

Drink a lot of water!

Many people don’t realize how much faster they get dehydrated when the heat is so intense. Some people have disabilities that may keep them from realizing how dehydrated they are. Avoid alcohol and energy drinks, as they can actually dehydrate you further.

Go to the coolest place in your home

Find the coolest place to be in your home. Downstairs will usually be cooler than upstairs. Shadier places will be cooler than sunny places. Consider pulling curtains over windows facing the sun.

If you don’t have a home with air-conditioning, consider going to a public place with air conditioning, like a library, shopping center, theater, or other public building. Many public buildings around the state are open as cooling centers.

Make a backup plan

Make a backup plan to stay cool. Make a plan for what to do if your home gets too hot. Even if you have air-conditioning, have a plan for what to do if the power goes out. Cooling centers and other public buildings are a good alternative.

Check the temperature in your home regularly

If you’re staying in a home without air-conditioning, use a thermometer or your thermostat to check the temperature in your home regularly. Some people who have disabilities and some people who are older have difficulty telling when their home has gotten too hot. As the temperature climbs, consider using a cooling center or other air-conditioned place for relief.

Beware parked cars!

Do not sit in a parked car, do not leave children in a parked car, and do not leave service animals, emotional support animals, or pets in a parked car! In intense heat and sunlight, it is not safe to stay in a parked car for any period of time, except with the engine on and the air-conditioning running.

The hottest part of the day

In Oregon, the hottest part of the day is usually between noon and evening. Take special care to stay cool and limit your activity during that time. If you choose to be active, early morning and late evening may be better times to be active. Letting in cool air overnight can help keep your home from overheating.

Check in with your network

If you live alone, check in with family, friends, neighbors, and other supports regularly throughout the weekend.

Extreme Heat Can Make Asphalt Dangerous to animals and people!

Even under normal, temperatures can heat asphalt surfaces to and cause contact burns on the feet of animals and people. At only 87 Degrees, asphalt can heat to 143 Degrees Fahrenheit! But at 125 Degrees, skin can be destroyed in 60 seconds. Take steps to protect your animals feet and your own and to avoid heat stroke. Avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day, and make sure your dogs and other animals have access to shade and clean water.

Take Care of Yourself and Others During Hot Weather

Videos on How to Beat the Heat

Additional Resources
For additional resources:
  • Contact your county or city government
  • Local churches

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