As the temperature climbs in Oregon, and the heat becomes extreme, everyone should have a plan on what to do to keep cool.
“Extreme heat” is a period of high heat and humidity that rises above 90 degrees for at least a two to three day stretch. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. And If your body is already struggling due to stress, working outside, having a cold or chronic illness, it can result in some very dangerous health situations, including death.
The best way to beat the heat is to make a plan and be prepared for when it arrives. You want to cool your body, cool your home, or get somewhere cool. Here are some things you should add to your plan to ensure you’re ready:
If you do not have air conditioning in your home, or do not have a way to get out of the heat, find a cooling center. 211 has a listing by county. Click the link below and find the nearest place to go.
Or, you can get more info/help from 211 via these other methods:
Call: 211 or 1-866-698-6155
Text: your ZIP code to 898211 (TXT211), Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Phone: 24 hours per day / 7 days per week
There are many places you can get information on weather during extreme heat waves. Here are both local and national lists, as well a different methods and mediums.
You can get local weather information from any of the local news stations in the area. Find their website or find them on Twitter or Facebook. They will have all the info you need.
Portland metro area:
Twitter: @NWSPortland and @Multco are good sources to follow as well
https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat This site is where most of the local stations get their information. It’s very informative and can be used to check weather conditions anywhere. You also can find them on Twitter at @NWS
You can get push notifications in cases of weather emergencies. To get emergency alerts on your smart phone, follow these steps: