Warning for Extreme Heat Conditions

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division would like to remind our residents of the impending heat through Friday. Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 109° by 5 pm.

With these high temperatures, comes heat exhaustion and worse, heat stroke. Heat illnesses pose a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly, youth, and infants. Symptoms of heat stroke include: warm, dry skin with no sweating; strong and rapid pulse; confusion and/or unconsciousness; high fever; throbbing headaches; nausea and vomiting, or both. Please take steps to cool down and seek help if you experience these symptoms. For more information, go to http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Protect-Your-Heart-in-the-Heat_UCM_423817_Article.jsp#.WYHzHmaWzIU.

Preventative measures can be taken in order to avoid heat-related illnesses. Continue to drink more fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine. If you need to be outdoors, wear light clothing and never leave any persons or animals in a closed parked car.

Cooling Centers Open

If you are struggling with the heat and do not have air-conditioning, the following cooling centers have been established throughout Linn and Benton Counties:

Corvallis

Community Outreach, Inc. – 12 Noon — 6 pm
865 NW Reiman Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
541-758-3000
Cooling center: 12 noon — 7 pm

Chintimini Senior Center – Monday-Friday 8 am -4 pm
2601 NW Tyler Corvallis OR 97330
541-766-6959 (Main)

Surrounding Communities

Senior Center Albany
Monday-Friday, 8 am -4 pm
489 NW Water Avenue Albany OR 97321
541-917-7760 (Main)

Sweet Home Senior Center
Senior Citizens of Sweet Home, Inc.
880 18th Avenue Sweet Home OR 97386
541-367-4775

Lebanon Senior Center
Monday-Friday 8 am -4 pm
80 Tangent Street Lebanon OR 97355
541-258-4919 (Main)

Senior Center Brownsville
345 N Main Street Brownsville OR 97327
541-466-5935

Albany Helping Hands – Noon-6 pm
619 SE Ninth Ave
Albany, OR 97322
541-926-4036
* – All are invited for breakfast (7 am), lunch (12 noon) and dinner (5 pm).

Other options include: Heritage Mall, Libraries, Two Rivers Market, Wal-Mart, WinCo, and Target.