MEDFORD, Ore. — For the third time this year, the City of Medford opened a cooling shelter for those who need to escape the heat as temperatures are expected to once again rise into the triple digits.
Governor Kate Brown on Thursday declared a state of emergency for 23 Oregon counties due to the excessive heat, after a heatwave at the end of June resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people. Jackson, Josephine, and Curry counties are covered by the emergency declaration.
Cooling shelters are open Thursday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m., though this time there will be a different location each day:
- Thursday July 29th the shelter will be operated at the Medford Senior Center, located at 510 E. Main Street
- Friday July 30th the shelter will be operated at First Methodist Church, located at 607 W. Main St. (Enter between Main and Laurel)
Officials said that the cooling shelters provide water, cool resting area, restrooms, popsicles, snacks, and cooling area and water for pets. Individuals may come and go, with a facility capacity of 90 guests.
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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