With temperatures again predicted to creep into territory more reminiscent of Death Valley than the Willamette Valley, cooling centers have reopened across the region and first responders are warning residents to be on the lookout for symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke.
Highs are predicted to be in the triple-digits from Wednesday through Friday, with a peak of 106 currently forecast for Thursday.
Governor Kate Brown took the action this week of declaring a preemptive emergency, saying the multiple days of extreme heat with little or no cooling overnight pose serious health risks for residents and vulnerable populations — and may also impact critical infrastructure, causing utility outages and transportation disruptions.
“Oregon is facing yet another extreme heat wave, and it is critical that every level of government has the resources they need to help keep Oregonians safe and healthy,” saidBrown. “I encourage Oregonians to take proactive steps to keep themselves and their families safe, including drinking plenty of fluids, taking advantage of cooling centers, and checking in on neighbors, friends, and loved ones.”
Heat-related illnesses are preventable — and all Oregonians are encouraged to learn the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.
Oregonians who do not have air conditioning in their homes are strongly encouraged to make a plan today to find a cool location they can access during the heat wave. Residents are also asked to check in on vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors who may be susceptible to extreme heat.
In Canby, cooling centers will be open at the Canby Adult Center, Canby Public Library, Zoar Lutheran Church and Denny’s. See Clackamas County’s website for more information or centers available in your neck of the woods.
The Oregon heat wave of late June was not only historic — it was also deadly. An estimated 115 deaths were attributed to the extreme heat event — in which temperatures reached upwards of 118 degrees in some places — including 12 in Clackamas County.
Portland General Electric has been preparing its grid for high electricity demand this week, officials said. PGE is actively monitoring the weather and preparing its system to perform — including using high-tech infrared monitoring of distribution operations that can point to potential problems before they occur.
Extra cooling systems are on standby, ready to be activated on essential distribution equipment. Still, PGE urges customers to be prepared for the high heat and potential power outages. For tips on making an outage kit, staying safe and cool, and food safety tips, visit portlandgeneral.com/extreme-heat.
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