As the heat wave enters what could be its most dangerous phase yet, authorities are renewing their calls to monitor relatives and neighbors at risk

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July 29, 2022

The Portland area is entering what could be the most dangerous phase yet in what is already becoming a historically long and life-threatening heatwave, with forecasts showing some of the hottest potential daytime and nighttime temperatures yet. .

With forecasts showing temperatures potentially exceeding 100 degrees through Saturday, and with some forecasts showing overnight temperatures never falling below 70 degrees, four nighttime cooling shelters will remain open until at least Sunday morning July 31.

The City of Portland and Multnomah County continue to monitor weather forecasts, with a plan to keep cooling services available and add capacity as needed as long as forecasts indicate they are needed.

As the heat wave spreads, authorities are urging friends and family to check in frequently on people who are elderly, live alone or don’t have air conditioning.

Multnomah County Chairman Deborah Kafourymayor of portland Ted Wheeler and health officials are asking housing providers to do more to reach out to their residents and offer resources, and they’re asking community members to reach out to loved ones and neighbors.

“Now is the time for our entire community to pay attention to this threat,” said Dr. Ann Loeffler, Multnomah County Health Officer. “Individuals need to watch their bodies, move to a cool place, stay hydrated, and seek care even if it’s inconvenient. For those lucky enough to be healthy, feel good, and have a place to stay in cool, help your neighbor Identify two people you can watch out for, bring them to a cool place, and generally help them find resources.

On Thursday alone, the City of Portland and Multnomah County, through their Everbridge Alert System, issued more than 425,000 calls and texts to Multnomah County residents associated with heat islands and other high-pressure areas. community risk. Nearly 10,000 calls and texts were also made directly to residents of mobile home communities earlier in the week.

Earlier this summer, environmental health officials reached out to 300 most-at-risk multi-family buildings, offering information on how to check residents and help residents stay cool and access cooling spaces as needed. when the heat episodes arrive.

“We are working to provide transport and shelter for people struggling to cope with this long heat wave. But we need help reaching those most at risk,” said Jonna Papaefthimiou, Resilience Officer for the City of Portland.

“I hope our calls will inspire neighbors, friends and grandchildren to check in on someone close to their hearts. Together, we can prevent more heat-related deaths this summer.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Program reported three deaths presumed by hyperthermia. Investigators say confirmation of the cause of death will not be complete for several weeks or even months.

The City of Portland Office of Emergency Communications responded to 29 heat-related calls Thursday, with a total of 100 heat-related calls since Sunday, July 24. Emergency medical services responded to 22 heat-related calls on Thursday and 73 since Sunday July 24. .

Heat-related emergency room visits also remain high. Hospitals treated 10 people for heat-related illnesses on Thursday and 32 people since the heatwave began.

Ozone levels also remain high which, combined with the heat, can present additional challenges for people with certain health conditions.

About 220 people sought relief in overnight cooling shelters Thursday, July 28, about 70 percent of the capacity of Multnomah County’s four overnight shelters. As of the morning of Friday, July 29, staff were actively reconfiguring the shelter’s current space to add capacity, following an expansion earlier in the week.

Cooling Shelters

Overnight cooling shelters are open at the following locations:

Cooling centers and libraries

A day cooling center will remain open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at the following location:

If anyone needs a free ride to a cool place, Call 2-1-1. TriMet also offers free rides to cool space for anyone who can’t afford to pay.

Two libraries are extending their opening hours until 9 p.m. until Saturday:

Find these places and all the times on the Multnomah County Library website.

People can also find misting stations, swimming pools, community centers and other cool community spaces on the Interactive map of the department.

Transportation

Anyone who needs a free ride to cool space can also dial 2-1-1 or take TriMet.

During this emergency, TriMet will not deny anyone travel to a cool location who cannot afford the fare. TriMet asks riders to let their driver know they are heading to a cool location.

When riding public transport in extreme heat, passengers will want to allow extra time and check trimet.org/alerts before travelling, as there may be heat-related service delays.

Raising awareness continues

Outreach teams and self-help groups continue to work hard to reach people in the community.

Since July 19, the Joint Office of Homeless Services Downtown Supply Center has distributed over 104,000 water bottles, 794 gallons of water, 2,620 refillable water bottles, over 6,000 cooling towels and over 13,000 electrolyte sachets.

Appointments to pick up supplies are available today, July 29 and Saturday, July 30, for groups doing outreach to homeless people. E-mail [email protected]

to contact the Joint Office about available pick-up appointments.

Organizations and programs such as The Cascadia Behavioral Health Street Outreach Team Night Awareness at Growing Initiatives in East Multnomah Countythe Multnomah County Community Justice Department Mobile Mental Health Unit and the HOPE Team from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, are reaching out to people in the community, providing supplies and information about locations and cooling resources.

Bookmark these links

211info: Dial 2-1-1 to find cool spaces near you and for transportation assistance.

National Weather Service: Check the forecast and plan outdoor activities for the cooler times of the day.

Cool places in Multnomah County: Find a library, community center, swimming pool or wading pool near you.

Cool Places in Clackamas County: Find cool spaces in Clackamas County.

Cool Places in Washington County: Find cool spaces in Washington County.

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