With dangerously hot conditions expected Sunday and Monday, local governments, non-profit organizations, faith-based and civic organizations will be mobilizing to help those in need.
- Carry It Forward will be posting information about cooling centers and other resources at https://www.carryitforward.net/news, and on social media.
- The Eugene Service Station will be open (8:30am-5pm 7 days/week) and First Place Family Center (8-5) will have water when visiting the folks in overnight and safe parking spots.
- Black Thistle Street Aid will be at Washington Jefferson Park on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. distributing water and other supplies as long as they last.
- Springfield is planning to install water misters under city hall, details to be announced soon.
- All water fountains and splash pads in Eugene are turned on for summer. Splash pads are available at:
- Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd. )
- Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Way )
- Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave. )
- Washington Park (2025 Washington St. )
- The Downtown Library is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, closed on Sunday. Regular services are available. People can cool off while browsing, and 1-hour time slots are available for people to use a computer or access wi-fi. The second floor of the Library will have 14 spaces marked out that are 6×6 feet and can accommodate four people per group (max of 56 people at a time).
- Visit websites for other providers and local resources: City of Eugene,
White Bird Clinic,
Lane County Health & Human Services,
PreventionLane at Lane County Public Health,
Community Supported Shelters,
Community Outreach through Radical Empowerment – CORE,
Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster – COAD,
Hope Community Resources,
PeaceHealth Oregon EMS Coordination,
Eugene Human Rights Commission Poverty and Homelessness Work Group,
North Eugene Homeless Advocacy,
Catholic Community Services of Lane County, Inc. (CCS),
Love for Lane County,
Bent Spoke Outreach
SURVIVING SEVERE WEATHER: BE PREPARED
HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING EXTREME HEAT WHEN YOU LIVE OUTDOORS
IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS
- Spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as day shelters, libraries, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Talk to your doctor before drinking a lot of water if you have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention.
- Don’t drink caffeine and alcoholic beverages; these can make you dehydrated.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, like a baseball cap.
Heat kills by pushing the body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
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Personal preparedness is a critical component of emergency planning. Yet, mainstream efforts to promote preparedness typically focus on people who are housed and have the resources to stockpile food and supplies, and shelter in place. Few communities have adequately prepared people with limited resources, such as people experiencing homelessness, for emergencies.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc. created these tips for surviving extreme weather with input from people who are formerly and currently homeless and may be of interest to public health educators, emergency management officials, homeless service providers, and homeless community leaders.
- Extreme Heat (two-sided)
- Flood (two-sided)
- Wildfire (two-sided)
- Landslide (two-sided)
- Earthquake (one-side)