Cooling Centers Open Ahead of Labor Day Weekend in Santa Clara County as Excessive Heat Watch is Extended through Tuesday, September 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2022

 

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Kia Xiong

Emergency Risk Communications Officer

Office of Emergency Management

Office: 408-808-7838

Cell: 669-235-2222

Email: [email protected]

 

Michelle Covert

Homeless and Housing Concerns Coordinator

Office of Supportive Housing

Office: 408-278-6400

Cell: 408-878-5298

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Cooling Centers Open Ahead of Labor Day Weekend in Santa Clara County as Excessive Heat Watch is Extended through Tuesday, September 6

Community members are encouraged to take precautions to protect themselves from the heat now!

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Cooling Centers are open throughout Santa Clara County today until Wednesday, September 7, or as conditions persist. The National Weather Service (NWS) extended an Excessive Heat Watch starting Saturday, September 3 - Tuesday, September 6 for the coastal and bayside areas of Bay Area and an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for inland areas as temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-90s and over 100 degrees inland.

The NWS forecasts potentially high heat risk for vulnerable populations across the interior valleys of the Bay Area, especially for those with limited access to cooling, as well as pets and livestock. Limited overnight cooling may exacerbate heat-related illness. Potential impacts include heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The most vulnerable include outdoor workers, those without air conditioning, young children, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions and people using nonprescription medication.

County Libraries are open and operating as Cooling Centers for community members in need of a safe, air-conditioned space. Additional Cooling Centers are also open in many locations throughout Santa Clara County. For up-to-date listings, go to www.PrepareSCC.org/HotWeather.

The Valley Transportation Authority is offering free rides to Cooling Centers from Friday, September 2 - Tuesday, September 6 during the Excessive Heat Watch.

 

City of Morgan Hill

Centennial Recreation Center

171 W. Edmundson Ave, Morgan Hill

Hours of Operation:

Mon., Aug. 29 - Fri., Sept. 2 from 5 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 - Sun., Sept. 4 from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

City of San José

Camden Community Center

3369 Union Ave., San José

Hours of Operation:

Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Roosevelt Community Center

901 E. Santa Clara St., San José

Hours of Operation:

Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Emma Prusch Regional Park Farm

647 S King Rd, San José

Hours of Operation:

Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

City of Santa Clara

Central Park Library Redwood Room

2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Redwood Room special hours)

Mon., Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Redwood room special hours)

Tues., Sept. 6 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Community Recreation Center

969 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95051

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. –6 p.m.

 

Senior Center

1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 2 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Northside Branch Library

695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 6 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Mission Branch Library

1098 Lexington Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Hour of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 6 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

City of Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Library

665 W. Olive Ave, Sunnyvale

Hours of Operation

Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Santa Clara County Library District

Cupertino Library

10800 Torre Ave., Cupertino

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 – Fri., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

Gilroy Library

350 W. 6th St., Gilroy

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Los Altos Library

13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 3 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Milpitas Library

160 N. Main St., Milpitas

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 2 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Morgan Hill Library

660 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from Noon – 9 p.m.

 

Saratoga Library

13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 -Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 4 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Woodland Library

1975 Grant Rd., Los Altos

Hours of Operation:

Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sun., Sept. 4 -from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day - Closed

Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Santa Clara County community members are encouraged to check in frequently with older adults and those with chronic conditions who are especially vulnerable to the heat, including family, friends, and neighbors. If you see someone who may be experiencing distress due to the heat, please call 911. All residents are encouraged to take heat safety measures, including the following:

  • Drink plenty of water and beverages containing electrolytes even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar because they can speed up fluid loss.
  • Limit physical activity during peak heat hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear light weight, light colored, and loose-fitting clothing to help you keep cool.
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in heavy clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rest often and find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • People taking medications should take extra precautions to stay out of the heat. Drugs such as stimulants can increase body core temperature and may predispose individuals to hyperthermia. 

For additional information (in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese), please visit www.PrepareSCC.org/HotWeather.  

The County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing is working with service providers and outreach workers to make extra visits to encampments to distribute water and provide information for services.

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About the Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) engages the whole community in assessing needs and developing strategies to achieve stronger preparedness, prevention, response, and mitigation capabilities within the Santa Clara County Operational Area. We are committed to safeguarding lives, property, and the environment during the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation phases of emergency management. OEM is directly responsible for supporting first responders including fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical services in emergencies and disasters.

 

About the Office of Supportive Housing

The County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing’s (OSH) mission is to increase the supply of housing and supportive housing that is affordable and available to extremely low income and/or special needs households. OSH supports the County mission of promoting a healthy, safe, and prosperous community by ending and preventing homelessness. During emergencies and disasters, OSH mobilizes and supports service providers and outreach workers to make extra visits to encampments to distribute water and provide information for services.  OSH works closely with the Office of Emergency Management to ensure coordination of resources and communication while serving vulnerable populations in our community.

 

Category

Excessive Heat

Topic

Excessive Heat

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