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Extreme heat resources

Heatwave resources

Oregon is experiencing higher temperatures than normal, and we know that may be a concern. Read below for immediate options, as well as resources for the future. See below for information about:

  • Making a preparation plan
  • Where to find cooling centers and transportation
  • Tips for keeping your home cool
  • When to seek care for heat-related illnesses

Making a preparation plan

Before the next heat wave hits, the best way to beat it is to be prepared.

  • Decide if you need a fan or an AC unit
  • If you have an AC unit, make sure it works
  • Talk to friends, family and neighbors who live alone. Find out how they plan to stay cool and what support they need next time it gets hot

Check out our article for making a Heat Wave Plan for more information on what you can do when the temperature rises.

Cooling shelters

Here are some cooling shelters in the area. Click a county to see where they are located:

    • Canby: Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy Street, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the public during regular hours. 

    • Canby: Denny's Restaurant, 1369 SE 1st Avenue, open 24/7. Available to people who need to cool off for an hour, with no obligation to buy. 

    • Canby: Canby Public Library, 220 NE 2nd Avenue, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

    • Estacada: Estacada Community Center, 200 SW Clubhouse Drive, open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the public during regular hours when temperatures reach 90 degrees. 

    • Estacada: Estacada Public Library, 825 NW Wade Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Open to the public during regular hours 

    • Gladstone: Gladstone Public Library, 135 E Dartmouth Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Friday, Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Gladstone: Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Happy Valley: Happy Valley Library, 13793 SE Sieben Park Way, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Lake Oswego: Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Lake Oswego: Lake Oswego Library, 706 4th Street, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

    • Milwaukie: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Molalla: Molalla Adult Community Center, 122 Grange Ave, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open as a cooling center for seniors 50+ and persons with permanent disabilities during regular hours. 

    • Molalla: Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th Street, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Oak Grove: Oak Lodge Library, 16201 SE McLoughlin Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

    • Oregon City: The Father's Heart Street Ministry, 603 12th Street, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday 

    • Oregon City: Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams Street, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Open to the public during regular hours. The library may extend hours in extreme heat. Call 503-657-8269 to confirm. 

    • Oregon City: Pioneer Adult Community Center, 615 5th Street, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Open to the general public 21 and over during regular hours. 

    • Sandy: Sandy City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the general public during regular office hours. 

    • Sandy: Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Boulevard, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open to the public during regular hours. 

    • Sandy: Sandy Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Boulevard, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the general public during regular hours. 

    • Tualatin: Tualatin Public Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Open to the general public during regular hours. The library may extend hours in extreme heat. Call 503-691-3074 to confirm. 

    • Welches: Hoodland Public Library, 24525 E Welches Road, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. 

    • West Linn: West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 

    • Wilsonville: Wilsonville Community Center, 7965 SW Wilsonville Road, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open to the public during regular hours. 

    • Wilsonville: Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Normally open to the general public during regular hours. The library may extend Friday, Saturday or Sunday hours to 8 p.m. in extreme heat. Call 503-682-2744 or check the library’s website for updated information. 

    Multnomah County has an interactive map of library branches, community centers, misting stations, splash pads and other places you can go to help stay cool. This real-time map will help you find cooling resources closest to where you live. 

    Washington County has an interactive map of library branches, community centers, parks and other places you can go to help stay cool. This real-time map will help you find cooling resources closest to where you live.

    Transportation options

    If you don’t have access to transportation, our transportation partner may be able to help you get to a cooling shelter. Please call them directly:

    • Ride to Care: 855-321-4899

    Also, if the temperature reaches more than 100 degrees, TriMet will offer free rides to cooling centers.

    Tips for staying cool

    Here are some tips for staying cool during the heatwave:

    • Close all of your blinds.
    • Put damp, cool cloths on your face, under your arms and on the back of your neck.
    • Take cool baths. If it gets too hot, consider going to a cooling center.

    For more in-depth information on how to stay cool, check out our article, Ways to keep yourself and your house cool

    Heat -related illness and when to seek care

    Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. Learn the signs so you know what do to if you or a household member starts having symptoms.

    • Heat stroke - a medical emergency
    • Heat exhaustion - a mix of symptoms that could lead to a heat stroke if your body cannot cool down
    • Heat cramps - muscle spasms that can happen to physically active people in hot weather

    Know the symptoms of each of these three conditions by reading our in-depth article, Heat-related illnesses - when to seek care