June 21, 2012

Before the temperatures soar, consider having a “cooling plan.” This is most critical for older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions who are at increased risk for heat-related illnesses.

Officials at Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services encourage vulnerable people to have a cooling plan:

  • Think about where you can go to beat the heat – does a family member or neighbor have air conditioning?  Where is the closest senior center or public library, shopping mall or other air conditioned space?
  • Use the buddy system – make plans with a friend or neighbor to check on each other, or travel together to a cooler location.
  • Shop and compare prices for fans or air conditioners, before the weather gets too hot and supplies are scarce.
  • If you have access to the web, bookmark the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services website for the most current listings of air conditioned spaces.
  • Keep this number handy: 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683. The Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention.

2012 Places to Stay Cool