City of Sacramento to open cooling centers to assist residents during this week’s heat wave

With the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning for the coming days, the City of Sacramento is activating cooling centers to help residents cope with the high temperatures.

Two cooling centers — at Hagginwood Community Center (3271 Marysville Blvd.) and Hart Senior Center (915 27th St.) — will operate from noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

A third cooling center, at Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church (6701 Lemon Hill Ave.), will operate 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. today through Monday. This site is being resourced by the City’s Office of Emergency Management but operated by church staff and volunteers.

In addition, the Office of Emergency Management will work with the Department of Community Response, City park rangers, community partners and others to hand out water to people in need. The City’s Safe Ground sites also will be used as water-distribution locations.

“The City will continue to monitor the weather closely and is prepared to extend operations if needed,” said Daniel Bowers, director of the City’s Office of Emergency Management.

City pools and spray parks continue to offer a place where people can cool off during the day. Sacramento Public Libraries, including the Library Galleria downtown, also are open during normal business hours. Please check the library website for details.

The City is following California Department of Public Health guidelines, which requires everyone to wear face coverings at cooling centers regardless of vaccination status. These guidelines also include symptom screenings at the door and strict cleaning protocols.

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