Heat Wave And Cool Centers In The Imperial Valley And Holtville
BY ALFREDO GUZMAN
With temperatures reaching into the high 110’s and even going toward the 120’s; it’s important for Imperial Valley residents to keep cool and stay safe during the Summer months.
Children, the elderly and pets are most vulnerable to the extreme heat of the Imperial Valley Summer. As a public health warning, the Holtville Tribune would like to share some information related to keeping cool in the Summer by the Imperial County Public Health Department. The Holtville Tribune would also like to bring to the attention of it’s readers that anyone who needs access to air conditioning can visit the Meyer Public Library or the Holtville Civic Center which are designated “cool centers” to cool off.
The Imperial County Public Health Department encourages Imperial County residents to take the appropriate precautions in the Summer in order to prevent heat related illnesses. Locally, thirty Cool Centers are available throughout Imperial County where individuals can cool off during the hottest parts of the day. When temperatures rise, officials notify healthcare professionals, schools, senior centers, nursing homes, and businesses on ways to reduce heat-related illnesses. Officials encourage residents to check on neighbors such as the elderly, disabled or young children that might be more vulnerable to heat related illnesses.
Pet owners are also encouraged to protect their pets from the summer’s heat by always keeping plenty of fresh water available for pets, providing access to a shaded area and never leaving animals in a car during the summer months. Individuals are advised to stay indoors with cool air during the hottest hours of the day and be even more vigilant when they do spend time outdoors.
Going to air-conditioned areas is an alternative when facing extreme heat, however, for those who live in remote areas this is not always possible and a number of community agencies come together in the summer to provide cool centers that are conveniently located.
The following are local cool centers:
Blythe Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Brawley Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Brawley Senior Center, Brawley Public Library Open Access Health Center
Calexico Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Camarena Public Library
Calipatria Imperial County Free Library
Coachella Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
El Centro Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Salvation Army Thrift Store, El Centro Community Center, El Centro Adult Center, Imperial Valley Mall food court
Heber Imperial County Free Library
Holtville Civic Center, Imperial County Free Library
Imperial The IV Expo (Will open when notice is received from Governor’s office), Imperial Chamber of Commerce, City of Imperial Public Library
Mecca Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Niland Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Chamber of Commerce
Ocotillo Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Salton City Imperial County Free Library
Seeley Seeley Community Church
Westmorland Senior Citizen Building
West Shores Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Winterhaven San Pasqual Family Resource Center, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo