Stay cool this summer in Multnomah County

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s later this week and into the weekend, we would like to share some resources offered in Multnomah county to help you stay cool.

Image courtesy of Multnomah County  

Image courtesy of Multnomah County  


If you or someone you know will need help staying cool this summer, please check the hours and locations of cooling centers in your area by using the Interactive Cooling Centers Map provided by County Environmental Services.

Click here to visit the interactive map of cooling centers.

Transportation to the cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged.


  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy, heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.

  • Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library, shopping mall or other cooled space.

  • Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high -- even with the windows open.

  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.

  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.

  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.

  • Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.

  • Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.


want more information on hot temperatures?

see this heat advisory video:

For additional tips, visit

The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention.

For more information, call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683.

For heat advisory information in different languages, please visit