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:
Community Outreach, Inc. – 12 Noon — 6 pm
865 NW Reiman Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
Cooling center: 12 noon — 7 pm
Chintimini Senior Center – Monday-Friday 8 am -4 pm
2601 NW Tyler Corvallis OR 97330
Senior Center Albany
Monday-Friday, 8 am -4 pm
489 NW Water Avenue Albany OR 97321
Sweet Home Senior Center
Senior Citizens of Sweet Home, Inc.
880 18th Avenue Sweet Home OR 97386
Lebanon Senior Center
Monday-Friday 8 am -4 pm
80 Tangent Street Lebanon OR 97355
Senior Center Brownsville
345 N Main Street Brownsville OR 97327
Albany Helping Hands – Noon-6 pm
619 SE Ninth Ave
Albany, OR 97322
* – 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.