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Posted on: August 16, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Opens Cooling Centers Monday through Wednesday, August 17 – 19, 11am – 7pm

 Cooling Centers Open 8/17 & 8/18

Cooling center activations to offer residents relief during forecast High Risk Heat events


The City of Santa Rosa has activated cooling centers Monday through Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning through midweek for Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa where the hottest temperatures are expected to peak in the mid 90s to mid 100s. The City-operated cooling centers are being activated to offer residents a place for relief during the heightened conditions.

Cooling centers will be located at the following locations:

  • Rincon Valley Library – 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa*
    Cooling area will be in the Library’s Community Center Room. Food will NOT be permitted.
    *Please note: On Wednesday, August 19, an emergency power outage impacted the Rincon Valley Library Cooling Center and the site is now closed.

  • Salvation Army Senior Center – 115 Pierce Street*
    Cooling area will be in the Center’s multipurpose room. Food will be allowed, but will not be provided, and kitchen access will not be available. Residents may bring food that is ready to eat.

  • For a list of Cooling Centers in Sonoma County, go to socoemergency.org/emergency/resource-stations. Please note that rules and allowances may vary by site.

Immigrants are welcome and safe at the City’s Cooling Centers. No ID will be requested for entry.

To adhere to public health order guidelines, face coverings must be worn inside the cooling centers, and cooling center visitors must maintain six feet of physical distance between themselves and visitors from other households. Additionally, wellness screenings, including temperature checks, will be required at the door upon entry. Visitors must stay within the space designated as the cooling center area at each site except to use restrooms. Face coverings and hand sanitizer will be available on site for those that do not bring their own.

Residents planning to visit either City-operated cooling center site should plan ahead for their visit. Books, games, and laptops are allowed. For the experience of all residents, please bring and use headphones for listening. Free WiFi is available, but no broadcast television, and the ability to charge devices may be limited. Due to space limitations, please limit your personal items to one small tote and daypack per person. Only service animals will be permitted inside of the cooling center. Please note that the City of Santa Rosa is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Residents should be mindful of the heat and follow these safety tips:

  • Never leave children, seniors or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
  • If possible, stay out of the sun and in air-conditioned areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool.
  • Check on seniors and those most susceptible to heat impacts.
  • Take extra care for pets, crops and livestock.
  • Watch for hot pavement when walking dogs.

The City of Santa Rosa will continue to monitor conditions through the week to determine if cooling centers will be needed for additional days beyond Wednesday.

To learn more about weather alerts, emergency preparedness, and to follow ongoing emergency information updates from the City of Santa Rosa, please visit www.srcity.org/emergency

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