From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, 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 and locations *updated 08-18-16
Canby Adult Center
1250 S. Ivy St., Canby 97013
Open to the public extended hours: Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Canby: Denny's Restaurant
1369 SE 1st Ave., Canby 97013
Available for those needing to cool off for an hour or two, no obligation to buy, open 24/7.
Clackamas Service Center
8800 SE 80th Ave., Portland 97206
Open to the public, Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Regular meals and other services available.
Damascus Community Church
14251 SE Rust Way, Damascus 97089
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when temperatures reach 90 degrees.
Estacada Community Center
200 SW Club House Drive, Estacada 97023
Please call for hours.
Hoodland Public Library
24525 E. Welches Road, Welches 97067
Open to the public regular hours, Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Sundays).
Molalla Adult Community Center
315 Kennel St., Molalla 97038
Open to the public regular hours, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., unavailable on the weekend.
Sandy City Hall
39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055
Open to the public regular office hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sandy Public Library
38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy 97055
Open to the public regular hours, from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sandy Senior Center
38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055
Open to the public Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unavailable on the weekend.
Wilsonville Brookdale Senior Community
8170 SW Vlahos Drive, Wilsonville 97070
The Fireside Room is open to the general public seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 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 Supervisor Kati Tilton at 503-650-5701.