Fort Bend County Opens Cooling Centers Amid Scorching Heat and Hurricane Recovery
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Fort Bend County Opens Cooling Centers Amid Scorching Heat and Hurricane Recovery

July 09 2024

Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 2:35 PM

Fort Bend County officials have announced several designated cooling centers in response to the widespread, ongoing power outages across the County as a result of Hurricane Beryl.

With today's heat index forecasted to reach up to 106°F, these cooling centers aim to provide a much-needed respite for residents from the scorching temperatures. The county is still in recovery mode after being struck by Hurricane Beryl, leaving many battling not just the heat, but also the challenging living conditions left in the aftermath of the storm. 

Here is the list of the cooling center locations around the county:

Facility Address Hours
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds - Building D 4310 TX-36 S, Rosenberg, TX 77471 Mon - Sun, 9 AM - 5 PM
Attack Poverty | Friends of North Rosenberg 1908 Avenue E, Rosenberg, TX 77471 Mon - Sat, 9 AM - 5 PM
River Pointe Church 21000 Southwest Fwy, Richmond, TX 77469 Tues, July 9, 12 PM - 6 PM
Creekside Christian Fellowship 16628 TX-36, Needville, TX 77461 Tues, July 9, 11 AM - 6 PM


In addition to these cooling centers, Fort Bend County officials have also opened Building C at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds as an emergency shelter for the general population. This move comes as a part of the continued efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Beryl. Building C at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds will remain open 24/7 as a shelter until Fort Bend County officials announce the conclusion of this initiative. Learn more in a story previously published by My Neighborhood News below.

If you do not have power in your home and you plan to stay there, take precautions to avoid overheating, dehydration and other heat-related issues. Seek out cool places like air-conditioned buildings or shaded areas, and stay hydrated with plenty of water. Heat-related illnesses can manifest through a range of signs and symptoms, highlighting the body's struggle to regulate its temperature in hot conditions.

According to the CDC, common indicators include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, dizziness, nausea, and an elevated body temperature. These symptoms can progress to more severe conditions such as heat exhaustion, characterized by extreme fatigue, rapid pulse, and clammy skin, or heat stroke, where the body temperature rises above 103°F, accompanied by confusion, fainting, and seizures. Immediate medical attention is crucial for anyone experiencing these symptoms, especially in hot and humid weather conditions.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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