Riverside County announces opening of cooling centers


Officials in Riverside County have announced the locations of several cooling centers as the Southland continues to deal with triple-digit temperatures in some areas.

The centers will be open Thursday and Friday at least, authorities said.

Officials are asking those who are especially vulnerable to the heat to seek relief.

Individuals susceptible to excessive heat, include the elderly and families with young children. Cooling centers will provide snacks and water, in addition to activities and resource information.

Riverside County health officials are urging residents in the Coachella Valley and desert areas to be especially careful. High temperatures can pose dangers even to those who believe they are acclimated to the heat.

“When you get temperatures like those being predicted, it presents a particularly dangerous situation,” said Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County. “Taking extra precautions can make a big difference.”

Kaiser reminded those who will be driving long distances to check their vehicles to make sure they are running properly and to carry extra water. Drivers also are urged to never leave children, the elderly or pets in a parked vehicle even for a short period of time.

For more information call (888) 636-8676. For the cooling center closest to you, visit www.rivcohealthdata.org/home/index.php/cool-centers.

Speech or hearing impaired individuals may call TTY (951) 955-5126.