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Multnomah County and the city of Portland increase efforts to prevent a repeat of the late June heat deaths.

COURTESY KOIN 6 NEWS - The latest weather alert.

Another cooling center is opening in Portland as part of the coordinated effort to prevent a repeat of the high number of heat-related deaths in late June.

Kellogg Middle School, 3330 S.E. 69th Ave., will open at 6 p.m. today — Thursday, Aug. 12 — and will operate through 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, Multnomah County and the city of Portland announced. The other 24-hour cooling centers that will operate until Sunday are:

• Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside St, Gresham

• Arbor Lodge, 7440 N. Denver Ave., Portland

• Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave., Portland

In addition, a daytime cooling center is operating from noon to 9 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss, Portland.

An excessive heat warning remains in effect through Saturday evening, with temperatures expected to peak in the 100 to 105 degree-range today and Friday with little overnight cooling. Some near-surface smoke also may cause hazy skies and briefly affect air quality in Multnomah County.

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines said heat risk will peak in the next couple of days as people begin to feel the physical stress of high heat. She encourages everyone to have a plan to stay cool and help others to do the same.

"Hot days and nights are deadly," Vines said. "It's critical to have access to a cool space, whether that is at home or at a cooling center. Everyone should check on their vulnerable neighbors. And anyone who needs a ride to a cooling center can call 211, and should remember to bring their mask." 

Other efforts include:

• Multnomah County, city of Portland, and their partners have continued enhanced outreach with older adults, families with infants and children, people with chronic medical conditions, outdoor workers and those that are socially isolated.

• Wellness checks are underway to ensure the community's most vulnerable residents are staying safe and cool. Outreach workers have begun phone calls and in-person visits with people living outside and residents at senior living facilities and affordable housing sites. Highlights include:

• County Human Services distributing up to 2,000 misting bottles and hot weather information to affordable housing providers and phone outreach to senior living residents.

• Multnomah County Library staff contacting all homebound patrons in the Lents neighborhood and surrounding community.

• Portland Bureau of Emergency Management taking wellness checks and visiting low income and senior multi-unit housing residents

• Multnomah County Sheriff's Office distributing more than 50 life jackets to residents along local riverbanks.

• MCSO Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement Team providing water and cooling center information to 40 homeless residents.

• Portland Parks & Recreation Park Rangers distributing water and cooling center information to park visitors.

• Portland Fire & Rescue and Joint Office of Homeless Services delivering water and ice along the Springwater Trail.

Visit The county site for the most recent information.


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