Monday, June 29, 2015

Heat Wave rolls on

The temperatures might have abated slightly from last week's forecast, but the temperatures will remain in the 90's into the weekend. Here's what the coming week's forecast looks like for Vancouver, WA:

Remember the following guidelines:

If you must be out in the heat:
Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. These actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

  •  Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • NEVER leave anyone, especially children or pets, in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
  •  Infants and young children
  •  People aged 65 or older
  •  People who have a mental illness
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 
  • Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
  If you must be out in the heat:

             Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Cut down on exercise. If you must       exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.

      Try to rest often in shady areas.  Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat      (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses. Use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

And remember, the following cooling centers are still available:

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers.

  In Vancouver they are:

      •  Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m;                      Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

     •  Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to              9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday.

  • Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned option for exploring our natural resources, from aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place.  Regular Water Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
     Additionally,cooling stations are now available at Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street and other       locations to provide relief from the expected high temperatures. 

       •  Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5
  •     Washougal Library at 1661 C St. Washougal, WA 98671 -  Saturday 10-6         

  •    Washougal Community Center - Sunday 2-6

      In Battle Ground: Battle Ground Community Center for a cooling shelter, next week, starting Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 2 from 8 am to 8 pm @ 912 E. Main Street.

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