Clackamas County opens cooling centers, advises residents to take precautions during upcoming heatwave

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With temperatures predicted to reach the 100s this weekend, it is important to take care of yourself. We have compiled a list of tips and information you should know. Please continue practicing social distancing measures. 

We also encourage you to sign up to receive Public Alerts.

Cooling Centers

The county has put together a list of cooling centers throughout the county.

Impacted Schedules

Transfer stations

To protect worker safety, both the Metro South Transfer Station and the #ClackCo Transfer Station in Sandy will close to all customers at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12 - Saturday, Aug. 14 due to forecasted extreme heat conditions. 

Curbside collection

If your garbage and recycling pickup is Wednesday, Aug. 11 - Friday, Aug. 13, please set out your carts the night before so workers can begin early and be protected from the extreme heat. Contact your collector directly for missed pickups. Find garbage and recycling company information online

Tips for Staying Safe and Cool in Extreme Heat 

When it is hot, you should:

  • Drink water and bring extra bottles for yourself and others.
  • Take care of yourself
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty. Talk to your doctor first if you are on water pills.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Use air conditioning or a fan. If you need access to an air conditioner, air purifier, or other items to support your health, go to Health Share of Oregon's website.
  • Don’t use a fan to blow extremely hot air on yourself, use it to create cross-ventilation.
  • Wear lightweight and loose clothing.
  • Avoid using your stove or oven.
  • Avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Avoid eating raw oysters and undercooked shellfish. The warm weather is affecting shellfish in the Pacific Northwest resulting in multiple confirmed cases of vibriosis. Eating raw oysters and other undercooked seafood can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis because Vibrio bacteria thrive in coastal waters where oysters are harvested. Learn more on the CDC's website.

Take care of those around you

  • Check in on elders and vulnerable neighbors during warm weather — twice a day is best.
  • Never leave a person, child or a pet in a hot car.
  • Check regularly on how babies and toddlers, seniors, people taking mental health medications and people with heart disease or high blood pressure are doing. See the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
  • Share a fan.
  • Invite a friend to a splash pad, movie, a mall or museum.

If you must be out in the heat

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Rest often in shady areas.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels) and reapply as directed.
  • Consider packing a couple extra bottles of water, these could be used for you and your family or anyone you see that looks like they could use a cool drink of water.
  • Know that the heat index (what the temperature feels like when humidity is involved) plays a role. When sweat isn't able to evaporate from the body due to high humidity, the body has difficulty regulating its temperature and cooling itself off. The result? heat stroke, cramps and exhaustion are all likely to happen. Below is a chart from the National Weather Service indicating the levels of the heat index.
    National Weather Service heat level index

If you have a pet

Cooling down at county parks

When temperatures rise in the summer, people flock to Clackamas County parks seeking relief from the heat. County parks such as Metzler, Feyrer, Eagle Fern, Barton, Wagonwheel and Knights Bridge are great places for county residents to stay cool and enjoy outdoor and water-based recreation activities.

Be sure to remember that parking facilities at our parks can quickly fill up on hot summer days, particularly at popular park facilities along the Clackamas River. Some parks have reduced parking capacity this summer due to the need for social distancing. Barton Park in the Boring area and the Carver Boat Ramp on Springwater Road often reach full capacity in the summer months, especially on hot weekend days. When this happens, county parks staff will close the area for a few hours or the rest of the day to help ensure the safety of all visitors. People may want to take alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion near these parks.

The county encourages residents to visit other nearby county parks where less congestion occurs, such as Eagle Fern Park and Metzler Park. They both have areas to cool off in the creek, and offer features such as picnicking, hiking and more.

Staying safe while near water is critical. Tips include:

  • Provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
  • Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing.
  • Learn swimming and water survival skills.
  • Children, inexperienced swimmers and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life Jackets.
  • Always swim in a lifeguarded area.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs (including certain prescription medications) before or while swimming, diving or supervising swimmers.

Find out more information about Clackamas County parks.