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Medford reopens cooling shelter as weekend temperatures expected to spike

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Medford reopens cooling shelter as weekend temperatures expected to spike

MEDFORD, Ore. — With temperatures expected to rise into the triple-digits again this weekend, the City of Medford says that it is reopening a cooling shelter for those in need to escape the heat.

The Medford Senior Center at 510 E Main Street will be open and staffed as a cooling shelter Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Water, a cool resting area, restrooms, popsicles, snacks, and a cooling area and water for pets will be available. People can come and go, with capacity available for 90 people.

Anyone interested in volunteering or have resources to contribute may email medfordemergencyshelter@gmail.com for more information.

Medford does not provide direct services, but an "Extreme Event" declaration like those triggered by the recent high temperatures authorizes the City to work with community organizations and volunteers to arrange for a shelter.

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