GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- With a recent period of record-setting heat and more triple-digit temperatures on the way, many cities in the Rogue Valley are offering cooling centers to the community. However, the city of Grants Pass has yet to finalize their plans for one.
“A cooling center is an issue of public health and safety," says City Council member Vanessa Ogier.
The Grants Pass City Council met last night to discuss how to better serve the community. They assessed a plan to bring cooling centers to the City of Grants Pass as early as the middle of July.
“So, this policy document will outline a potential trigger for a cooling center and if it's needed. So that would be the daytime temperature, nighttime temperature and the duration of the heat wave,” Ogier added.
Those triggers include daytime and nighttime temperatures and the length of the heatwave. But really, the city just wants to be clear in their communication.
“It could even be as far extensive as aligning our communication with the county and with emergency management and public health and really pushing people to the 211 service so that there is an organized effort so that people can just pick up the phone and call to figure out where to go to cool down. And even figuring out a centralized locations for cooling centers so that they're not always in a different location, so that people know where to go when they need help,” Ogier said.
Wednesday night the Council forwarded a motion prohibiting homeless sweeps when there are two days or more of 100-degree heat in the forecast, which are what they call extreme heat days.