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DATE: July 1, 2024



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City of Rohnert Park Opens Cooling Center in Response to Heat Advisory

ROHNERT PARK, CA -  In response to the County of Sonoma's Heat Advisory issued Monday, July 1, the City of Rohnert Park has opened a Cooling Center to the public as follows:


Rohnert Park Community Center

5401 Snyder Lane

Rohnert Park, CA 94928


Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3, 2024

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7, 2024

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The Cooling Center will not be open on Thursday, July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday.


Water fountains, power outlets, and free wi-fi are available.


The County of Sonoma's Health Officer, Dr. Tanya Phares, issued a Heat Advisory in response to the National Weather Services' Excessive Heat Warning for much of the county beginning Tuesday, July 2 through Friday evening, July 5.


The heat alert applies to inland areas of Sonoma County, where high temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-high 90s and low 100s, depending on location. Rohnert Park is forecast to reach 103 degrees. 

 

Such weather conditions can cause heat stroke and worsen chronic medical conditions, leading to severe complications and death.


Steps to stay cool and help prevent heat-related illnesses:

 

  • Never leave anyone, including children or pets, in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.
  • Use air-conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building, such as a mall or movie theater.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • When possible, avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and take regular breaks from physical activity.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (e.g., straw or mesh) when in the sun, even if it is cloudy.
  • Be aware that some medicines affect the body's ability to sweat and stay cool, including antihistamines, antidepressants, over-the-counter sleeping pills, anti-diarrhea pills, beta blockers and psychiatric drugs. Do NOT stop taking medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those in poor health to see if they need assistance.
  • Don’t walk your dogs in the heat. Pavement temperatures can be 40 to 60 degrees hotter than air temperatures. Always check the pavement to see if it is cool enough for them to walk on.

 

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include the following:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)


If someone near you experiences these symptoms, do the following:

  • Call 911 right away - heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person's temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink


For more information on heat-related illness, please click here.

 

For more information about keeping cool in the summer heat, or available cooling centers, visit the County of Sonoma's emergency information website, socoemergency.org/heat, or call 211.


Updates on heat conditions are available from the National Weather Service at weather.gov

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