Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Severe Weather Cooling Centers Locations (Updated 7/29, 5 pm!)

When there's severe weather in Washington County, the Severe Weather Shelter system is activated. There are several daytime Cooling Centers available.

For more information about these and other cooling center sites on conventional phones, call 211info (dial 211). They have the latest information for the Metro area, including Washington County. To access 211info Information and Referral by cell phone, call 503-222-5555.

The most current and up-to-date information on Cooling Centers, maintained by Washington County


Beaverton First Baptist
5755 SW Erickson Avenue, Beaverton
Tri-Met #88
Singles, families, youth
No pets
Light lunch provided
12 noon to 7 pm, Tuesday 7/28–Thursday, 7/30


Hillsboro Main Library
2850 Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #46
10 am – 8 pm ( Mon. – Fri.)
Hillsboro Senior Center
750 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #57
9 am – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)
Shute Park Branch Library
775 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #57
10 am – 8 pm (Mon. – Wed.)
10 am – 6 pm (Thurs., Fri.)
Sonrise Church
6701 NE Campus Way, Hillsboro
Trimet: buses #47, #48, and Orenco Station/NW 231st MAX
Singles/Family — all served.
Limited pet space
Meal provided (light lunch and water)
12 noon to 5 pm, Tuesday 7/28 – Friday 7/31
Tyson Recreation Center
1880 NE Griffin Oaks St, Hillsboro
Trimet, bus #46
5 pm – 9 pm (extended hours, Mon. – Fri.)
West Police Precinct
250 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro
Trimet, buses #47, 48
3 pm – 9 pm (Mon. – Fri.)
Westport Church
20085 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro
10 am – 4 pm (Tues., Thurs. & Fri.)

Special Populations

Rolling Hills Community Church

3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin
Homeless only
Van will pickup homeless persons at:
  • Tigard Chamber, 11:30 am
  • Tualatin Grocery, 11:45 am
12 noon – 5 pm, Wednesday 7/29 and Thursday 7/30
Safe Place Youth Shelter
454 SE Washington Street, Hillsboro
Trimet: bus #57, and Hillsboro Central Transit Center Max Stop (at 3rd Ave)
Homeless teens (Ages 14 to 19 years only)
Day Use
No Pets
Meal provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
open 24 hours, Tuesday 7/28 – Friday 7/31
Singing Hills Christian Church
Seniors only
3025 SE River Road, Hillsboro
10 am – 4:00 pm, Thursday 7/30 only
Sunwest Retirement & Assisted Living Homes
for seniors only

Unless noted, everyone is welcome at any of the cooling stations. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For a recorded message regarding the location and hours of available Hillsboro cooling stations, please call 503-681-5295.

If you choose to tough it out at home, remember these tips from the City of Hillsboro and the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services:

  • Keep air circulating with fans; take cool sponge baths.
  • Go to an air-conditioned building if possible.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing. If going out, wear a hat.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Check up regularly on elderly neighbors and relatives.
  • Drink lots of water or non-alcoholic beverages before you get thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Limit physical activity and direct exposure to the sun.
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Use your ashtray, not the road, when disposing of lit smoking materials while driving.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people who cannot get out of a car unassisted and pets in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Check with your health care provider about how the warm weather may affect your prescriptions.
  • Contact your health care provider if you experience prolonged heat-related symptoms, or if those symptoms significantly affect the ability to care for yourself.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are common in hot weather. However, heatwaves can strain the heart, worsen lung ailments like asthma or emphysema, and also impact chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Air conditioning is the single most important factor in reducing heat related risks, If you are heat sensitive, visit air-conditioned buildings if your home is not air conditioned. Just a few hours out of the heat can make a big difference.

Check on your elderly or disabled neighbors, friends and relatives during the heatwave. Many people experiencing heat-related symptoms may be unaware that they are having a problem. It's critical to check on elderly and disabled people living alone or who are socially isolated.

And what are heat-related symptoms? Muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, extremely high body temperature, rapid, and strong pulse or confusion. If these occur, call 911.

For more information about services for the elderly and disabled, call Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services at 503-640-3489.

Originally posted 7/27/2009, last updated 7/30/2009.