Harris County Opens Cooling Centers for Residents

Harris County Opens Cooling Centers for Residents

June 26 2024

Due to the continued extreme heat, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has activated its Heat Plan. Residents can find cooling centers at various Harris County Public Library (HCPL) branches throughout the county.

For a list of cooling center locations, hours, and information, view the map and list below. Days and hours of operation may vary daily by location.

HCOHSEM urges all residents to take simple steps to keep themselves safe throughout the rest of the summer season.

Exposure to extreme heat can cause heat stroke, exhaustion, and even death. Heat-related illnesses are preventable.
  1. Stay in air conditioning as much as possible. Shopping malls, libraries, and other public indoor spaces are great places to go to beat the heat when needed.
  2. Wear light-colored, lightweight, and loose-fitting clothing.
  3. If you must be outdoors, STAY HYDRATED and avoid heavy labor and other physical activities. Take frequent breaks.
  4. NEVER leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. Temperatures rise quickly and can reach deadly levels in minutes.
Common symptoms of heat-related sickness include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness. Seek medical care or call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory in effect today until 8:00 PM. Additional warnings and advisories from NWS are likely over the rest of the summer. Residents should follow advice from official sources to stay safe.

Additional information on heat-related illness and other summer safety tips available are available at www.ReadyHarris.org. Stay informed by signing up for Ready Harris Alerts or Ready Harris Accessible Alerts.
Source: ReadyHarris

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