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Cooling Centers Open for Houston

The City of Houston will  open cooling centers Tuesday, July 9, so people can take refuge from the heat. Additionally, nonprofit and county partners at the County are offering facilities.

City of Houston
Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star Dr., 77074
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Precinct 3 Commissioner

Crosby Community Center
409 Hare Rd. Crosby, TX, 77532
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Big Stone Lodge    
709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, Texas 77373
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Juergen’s Hall Community Center
26026 Hempstead Road, Cypress, Texas 77429
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Precinct 4 Commissioner

Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77074
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Radack Community Center
18650 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77084
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Weekley Community Center
8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress, TX 77433

Non Profit Organizations
Lakewood Church
3700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Tuesday, with heat index values in the three digits. The City of Houston activates its Public Health Heat Emergency Plan when a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning is expected to last two or more consecutive days. People without adequate transportation to a designated cooling center can call 3-1-1 to request a free ride. Transportation is only to and from the cooling centers; transportation to other locations is unavailable. 
 Especially during this extended power outage, be sure to put these best practices into place: 
– Drink more water. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid beverages with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. 
– Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when temperatures are not as high. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. People unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks. 
– Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. 
– Do not leave infants, children, senior citizens, or pets unattended in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked open. Check to make sure everyone is out of the car and don’t overlook children who may have fallen asleep. 
– Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Apply sunscreen, which protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn. 
– Seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day if the house is not air-conditioned: a relative’s home, multi-service centers, malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc. 
– Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air-conditioned. – Look out for vulnerable populations. 
– Check on your neighbors. 

Statistical analysis of the heat-related illnesses in Houston in the previous two summers indicates that some members of our community begin to suffer heat-related illnesses requiring visits to emergency departments when the daily maximum heat index (feels like temperature) is as low as 80 degrees. The young, elderly, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions, that heat can exacerbate (e.g., asthma/respiratory, cardiac, kidney conditions), should be especially cautious. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include weakness, dizziness, excessive sweating, cool or moist skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, and a fast and weak pulse. People experiencing these symptoms should lower their body temperature by getting to a cooler place, drinking water, taking a cool shower or bath and resting. A throbbing headache, red, hot, and dry skin (no longer sweating), extremely high body temperature (above 103°), nausea or vomiting, confusion, loss of consciousness and a rapid, strong pulse are signs of heat stroke. If these symptoms occur, call 9-1-1 immediately and try to lower the person’s body temperature until help arrives. People may seek air-conditioning in city multi-service centers, libraries and recreation centers, even when the Public Health Heat Emergency Plan is not activated. For more information or to find the nearest cooling center location or an air-conditioned city facility, people can contact 3-1-1 or visit houstonoem.org