Cooling centers open across Bay Area

September 22, 2009 9:30:17 AM PDT
Cooling centers have opened in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Petaluma to provide residents relief from heat on Monday and Tuesday.

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San Jose:

The city of San Jose is opening cooling centers Monday and Tuesday to offer residents relief from temperatures anticipated to be in the upper 90s and possibly exceeding 100 degrees.

From noon to 8 p.m. on both days, residents can visit 10 designated cooling centers, including Almaden Community Center, Camden Community Center, George Shirakawa Community Center, Roosevelt Community Center, West San Jose Community Center, Berryessa Community Center, Evergreen Community Center, Mayfair Community Center, Southside Community Center and Willows Senior Center.

Residents are advised to check on family members who may be especially susceptible to heat exposure, especially the elderly and small children.

Petaluma:

The Petaluma Community Center will also serve as a "cooling center" Monday and Tuesday for residents trying to avoid temperatures that are expected to reach into the mid-to-upper 90s in the region.

The center, located at 320 N. McDowell Blvd., will be open to the general public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

The center will include an air-conditioned room, ice water, a television when available, and a sign-in sheet to record the number of guests, according to city officials.

No pets are allowed to roam freely. If small pets are brought to the center, staff will contact animal control officials to provide on-site shelters. Assistance animals will be allowed in the center.

Visitors are urged to bring their own ready-to-eat food since kitchen access will not be available. Visitors will also be limited to bringing no more than one small tote and daypack per person.

Center officials can be contacted at (707) 778-4380.

Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale city officials have opened a cooling center for residents needing relief from the hot weather in the region this week.

The Sunnyvale Community Center, located at 550 E. Remington Drive, is serving as the cooling center, Sunnyvale spokesman John Pilger said. The center will be open until 8 p.m. today, and will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus Route 55 serves the center.

The center will have an air-conditioned climate that will "offer a safe haven for people who may not have air conditioning in their homes," Pilger said.

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