Clackamas County opens first 24-hour cooling centers

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory effective through 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021. 

Clackamas County expects three consecutive days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees, with Friday being the most dangerous day due to cumulative impacts. Overnight temperatures will remain in the 70s, which means people are not likely to find relief in the evening. 

The county will open a 24-hour cooling center at the Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City from noon on Thursday, Aug. 12, through 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. There will be cots, water, and food available to residents to access at the cooling center. Only service animals will be permitted.

“We are happy to be able to provide respite to residents who are experiencing homelessness, or are unable to stay cool during these extreme temperatures,” said Brenda Durbin, Social Service Director. “This is the first time the county has opened its doors during extreme weather, and we really want people to be aware of this service so we can keep people out of the extreme heat.” 

The county also encourages residents to visit cooling centers in other areas of the county that are hosted by community partners. Zoar Lutheran Church, in Canby, has opened a 24-hour cooling center and pets are allowed. 

There are cooling centers in the communities of Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, Welches and West Linn. For the most up-to-date list of cooling centers, call 211 or visit our website

Please do not let COVID-19 prevent you from going to a cooling center. You can protect yourself and others by wearing a mask, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Find more information on COVID-19

Clackamas County Public Health advises postponing outdoor events and activities during the heat advisory. It is important that residents protect themselves and others from sun exposure and the heat. When it is hot, you should:

  • 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.
  • Wear lightweight and loose clothing.
  • Avoid eating raw oysters and undercooked shellfish. Eating raw oysters and other undercooked seafood can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis.
  • 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.
  • Provide pets plenty of shade and water.

“Exposure to prolonged heat can lead to heat-related illness, even in young and healthy people,” said Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County Public Health Officer. “People should limit outdoor activities to early morning or late evening, and go to local cooling centers or visit family or friends who have air conditioning to stay cool.”

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive sweating, fever, feeling faint or dizzy, nausea and vomiting, or severe muscle cramps. If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion, be sure to move them to a cool location and have them drink fluids.

Learn more about how extreme heat can affect your health.