NEW OR-ALERT System
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Cooling Centers Across the State
Portland’s area cooling centers
Mid-Willamette Valley cooling centers
Salem area cooling centers
Yamhill County cooling centers
Eugene area cooling centers
Southern Oregon cooling centers
Central Oregon cooling centers
Multnomah County / Portlandhttps://www.multco.us/help-
- 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
How Extreme Weather Threatens People with Disabilities
Heat and People with Chronic Medical Conditions
FEMA: Be Prepared for Extreme Heat
From more information visit: https://www.droregon.org/extreme-heat-resources
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.
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 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.
- Contact your county or city government
- Local churches