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Cooling Centers Open in Santa Clara County

Cooling Centers are open throughout Santa Clara County today until Wednesday, Sept. 7, or as conditions persist. The National Weather Service (NWS) extended an Excessive Heat Watch starting Saturday, Sept. 3  – Tuesday, Sept. 6 for the coastal and bayside areas of the Bay Area and an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for inland areas as temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid-90s and over 100 degrees.

The NWS forecasts potentially high heat risk for vulnerable populations across the interior valleys of the Bay Area, especially for those with limited access to cooling, as well as pets and livestock. Limited overnight cooling may exacerbate heat-related illness. Potential impacts include heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The most vulnerable include outdoor workers, those without air conditioning, young children, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, and people using nonprescription medication.

County Libraries are open and operating as Cooling Centers for community members in need of a safe, air-conditioned space. Additional Cooling Centers are also open in many locations throughout Santa Clara County. For up-to-date listings, go to www.PrepareSCC.org/HotWeather.

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The Valley Transportation Authority is offering free rides to Cooling Centers from Friday, Sept. 2 – Tuesday, Sept. 6 during the National Weather Service Excessive Heat Watch.

City of Morgan Hill
Centennial Recreation Center
171 W. Edmundson Ave, Morgan Hill
Hours of Operation:
Mon., Aug. 29 – Fri., Sept. 2 from 5 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 3 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City of San José
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave., San José
Hours of Operation:
Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara St., San José
Hours of Operation:
Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Emma Prusch Regional Park Farm
647 S King Rd, San José
Hours of Operation:
Sat., Sept. 3 – Tues., Sept. 6 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

City of Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Library
665 W. Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
Hours of Operation
Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Santa Clara County Library District
Cupertino Library
10800 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 – Fri., Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 3 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Gilroy Library
350 W. 6th St., Gilroy
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Los Altos Library
13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2 – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 3 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Milpitas Library
160 N. Main St., Milpitas
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 2 – Sun., Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Morgan Hill Library
660 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from noon – 9 p.m.

Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 -Sat., Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 4 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Woodland Library
1975 Grant Rd., Los Altos
Hours of Operation:
Thurs., Sept. 1 – Sun., Sept. 4 -from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 5, Labor Day – Closed
Tues., Sept. 6 – Wed., Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Santa Clara County community members are encouraged to check in frequently with older adults and those with chronic conditions who are especially vulnerable to the heat, including family, friends, and neighbors. If you see someone who may be experiencing distress due to the heat, please call 911. All residents are encouraged to take heat safety measures, including the following:

  • Drink plenty of water and beverages containing electrolytes even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine,aa or lots of sugar because they can speed up fluid loss.
  • Limit physical activity during peak heat hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear light weight, light colored, and loose-fitting clothing to help you keep cool.
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in heavy clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rest often and find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • People taking medications should take extra precautions to stay out of the heat. Drugs such as stimulants can increase body core temperature and may predispose individuals to hyperthermia.

For additional information (in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese), please visitwww.PrepareSCC.org/HotWeather.

The County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing is working with service providers and outreach workers to make extra visits to encampments to distribute water and provide information for services.

For details on the current conditions, visit the National Weather Service website.

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