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Beat the heat this weekend

Gresham has cooling center and tips to stay frosty -

FILE PHOTO - The cooling center is located at the Multnomah County East Building at 600 N.E. 8th Street.With excessive heat slamming Gresham and temperatures expected to maybe even reach triple digits this weekend, Gresham will open a cooling center to help seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions stay safe.

Those in need of refuge from the heat can access the cooling center located at the Multnomah County East Building at 600 N.E. 8th Street, Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People in immediate need of relief from the weather may arrive before opening hours on Friday. Transportation to the center may also be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Feel free to bring your pet as well, though there is limited capacity.

Neighbors can also help by checking in on elderly or disabled friends and relatives. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are common conditions during these hot spells, and high temperatures can place a dangerous strain on those with heart and other health issues.

Multnomah County also suggests several ways to stay cool this weekend.

  • Drink plenty of water, avoiding non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.
  • Find cool places to spend time, like the public library, shopping mall or other cooled space.
  • Dress for the weather with a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothes.
  • Never leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car.
  • Stay out of the sun, as sunburns interfere with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath.
  • The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources available, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646.