From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8752
As high temperatures have again hit our region, Clackamas County officials have identified multiple cooling centers throughout the county for members of the public. Residents who do not have access to cool places are encouraged to visit a center to avoid the heat and relax. A list of centers can be found below.
The county would also like to remind residents that plan to be outdoors to take precautions and protect themselves and others from sun exposure and the heat. Tips include:
- Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.
- Set your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.
- Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.
- Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.
- Check on older adults or persons with disabilities in your community who may need help coping with the heat.
- Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps and increased thirst. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention or call 911.
Cooling Center Hours & Locations
Through Sunday, June 5
Clackamas Service Center
8800 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97206
Open to the public on Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please call for Sunday hours. Meals and other services available.
Damascus Community Church
14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus 97089
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees, and on Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Estacada Community Center
200 SW Club House Drive, Estacada 97023
Please call for hours.
The Father's Heart Street Ministry
603 12th St., Oregon City 97045
May open if temperatures reach 100 degrees, call to confirm.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
505 G Ave., Lake Oswego 97034
Open to the public Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Center will also be open this Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wilsonville Public Library Cooling Center
8200 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville 97070
The library will stay open until 8 p.m. if temperatures reach 100 degrees on Saturday or Sunday
(normal closing hours are 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). Can check website or call a couple of days in advance to confirm.
Brookdale Wilsonville Senior Community
8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville 97070
The Fireside Room is open to the general public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Water is available.
For more information, members of the media or public may contact Clackamas County Human Services Manager Erika Silver at 503-650-5725.