A sign for the Arbor Lodge cooling center
Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County

Update August 13, 11:20 am:

The Charles Jordan Community Center daytime cooling center will close today at 9 pm—one day earlier than originally planned—due to a lack of use.

All four overnight cooling centers will remain open 24/7 through 9 am Sunday, August 15.

• Sunrise Center, 18901 E Burnside St, Portland
• Arbor Lodge Shelter, 1952 N Lombard St., Portland
• Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th St., Portland
• Kellogg Middle School, 3330 SE 69th Ave, Portland

Update August 12, 9 am:

The city will open a fifth cooling center today at Kellogg Middle School. The center will be open from 6 pm Thursday, August 12, to 9 am Sunday, August 15.

• Kellogg Middle School, 3330 SE 69th Ave, Portland

Additional outdoor misting centers have been added at Harney Park, East Portland Community Center, and Lents Park. The misting centers will be available daily from noon to 8 pm until Saturday, August 14.

Original story:

Portland is set to experience another stretch of at least 100-degree days Wednesday, August 11, through Friday, August 13. Overnight temperatures will be in the high 60s and low 70s. The county and city are opening four cooling centers, and anyone who needs assistance with transportation to a center can call 2-1-1 to get a free taxi ride. TriMet will also offer free rides to and from the centers as long as riders inform the driver they are going to a cooling center.

Below are details about the cooling centers and other ways to cool off during this coming heatwave. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information on cooling resources, check the county's website.

Cooling centers open 12 pm Wednesday, August 11 through 9 am Sunday, August 15:

• Sunrise Center, 18901 E Burnside St, Portland
• Arbor Lodge Shelter, 1952 N Lombard St., Portland
• Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th St., Portland
• NEW: Kellogg Middle School, 3330 SE 69th Ave, Portland

Cooling center open noon to 9 pm Wednesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 14 Friday, August 13:

• Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 North Foss Ave., Portland

Outdoor misting centers:

• Glenhaven Park
• Mt. Scott Park

• Knott Park
• NEW: Harney Park
• NEW: East Portland Community Center
• NEW: Lents Park

Library branches (with air conditioning!) open 10 am to 8 pm, Wednesday through Saturday:

Masks are required inside libraries.

Holgate, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd.
Central, 801 SW 10th Ave.
• Gresham, 385 NW Miller Ave.
Midland, 805 SE 122nd Ave.

All other library branches will be operating with normal hours.

An interactive map with all cooling center, library, misting station, and splash pad locations can be found on the county's website.

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The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is asking for volunteers to staff both indoor cooling centers and outdoor misting centers. Shifts are four hours long and anyone who is not exceptionally at-risk during the heat is able to sign up.

Anyone wanting to distribute water or other resources to unhoused Portlanders can email the Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) to make an appointment to pick up free water and personal protective equipment from the office's downtown warehouse.

Additionally, this is your sobering reminder that most of the people who died during June’s historic heatwave were alone and their deaths may have been avoided if someone checked on them. Check in on your housed and unhoused neighbors to make sure they have the resources they need to get through another heatwave.

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