Clackamas County opens cooling centers for Wednesday, Thursday

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The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory effective at noon Wednesday, Aug. 17 through 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.

It is expected that these two days will see temperatures in the low- to mid-90s. Low temperatures are expected early Thursday morning in the lower 60s to lower 70s.

The county encourages residents to visit local cooling centers across the county, including the communities of Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Sandy, Tualatin, Welches, West Linn and Wilsonville. For the most up-to-date list of cooling centers, call 211 or visit www.clackamas.us/relief. To receive text alerts for critical, emergency announcements from the county, opt-in to Public Alerts.

Residents who need transportation can call 211 for a free ride to a cooling center from now until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

It is important that residents protect themselves and others from sun exposure and the heat. When it is hot, you should:

  • Drink water. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Avoid cooking during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take a cool shower or place a cool, wet towel on your neck.
  • Spend time in air conditioned places. If you don’t have a safe, cool space, consider going to a community cooling center.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose clothing.
  • Check in on elders and neighbors during warm weather — twice a day is best.
  • Never leave a person, child or a pet in a parked car on a hot day.
  • Provide pets plenty of shade and water.
  • Save outdoor activities for morning or evening, when possible.
  • In Oregon, employees must have access to water, rest and shade on hot days.

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.