With temperatures expected to climb into the low 90s today for the first time this year, three cooling centers will open in Multnomah County to help seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions stay safe.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will warm into the upper 80s to low 90s today, which is much warmer than the temperatures typical for May. Extreme heat can be very dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable in our community.
People in need of refuge from the hot weather can access cooling centers today, Monday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the hottest part of the day.
Transportation to cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503.226.0700. Advance reservations are encouraged. All rides are free of charge.
Pets and children are welcome at all three cooling center locations. Each location also will have activities including board games and movies. Snacks and water also are available.
Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland
As the temperature climbs, community members also are encouraged to check on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are common conditions in hot weather. Higher temperatures also can place a dangerous strain on those with heart and other health issues.
Need a reminder to get the word out about cooling centers? You can sign up to receive an alert when cooling centers are open so you can tell those in need.
For additional tips, visit www.multco.us/help-when-its-hot. The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683.