Crime & Safety

Severe Weather Sheltering & Tips for Staying Cool

The Department of Human Assistance is keeping three service center locations open Tuesday to Monday to provide relief from the heat. All community members are welcome. Protective facial coverings will be required and provided to all visitors that do not have them. Pets must be on a leash or contained in an animal carrier at all times. 

The cooling center locations and hours are as follows:

  • DHA Annex: 1725 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
    • Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 – 4 – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 – 2 – 8 p.m.
    • Monday, June 27 – 4 to 8 p.m.
  • DHA Service Center: 5747 Watt Avenue. North Highlands, CA 95660 
    • Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 – 4 – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 – 2 – 8 p.m.
    • Monday, June 27 – 4 to 8 p.m.
  • DHA Service Center: 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95822
    • Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 – 4 – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 – 2 – 8 p.m.
    • Monday, June 27 – 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the DHA service centers, the following locations will be open as cooling centers. 

  • Barbara Morse Wackford Community Center:  9014 Bruceville Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95758
    • Tuesday, June 21 through Monday, June 27 – 12 – 8 p.m. 
    • No pets allowed
  • Citrus Heights Senior Center: 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
    • Tuesday, June 21 – Friday, June 24 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
    • No pets allowed​
  • Science & Space Center: 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento​, CA 95821
    • Tuesday,​ June 21, and Wednesday, June 22 – 12 – 8 p.m.
  • Capitol City Seven Day Adventist: 6702 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824
    • Wednesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 23 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
    • No pets allowed​

County-wide cooling center information will be current and updated day to day on the 2-1-1 website

Sacramento County Public Health reminds residents to take steps to keep cool during the upcoming heat event. With these seasonably high temperatures expected, it is important that you take precautionary steps to keep yourself, your family, your neighbors and your pets cool, and remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues at least twice a day.  

Keep as cool and hydrated as possible; drink plenty of water, avoid spending time outside, especially during the hottest part of the day, and limit outside activities as much as possible. Cooling down a few hours a day will allow the body to recover and tolerate the heat better for the rest of the day.  

Tips for Beating the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid alcohol. Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or freeze a wet cloth to wipe down your head and neck.
  • Check on loved ones – Be sure to check on less mobile or older friends, family, and neighbors who live alone, don’t have air conditioning, or are hesitant to use their air conditioner.
  • Clothing – Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing 
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you have to be outside, try to stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, shaded, or air-conditioned breaks.  Do not exercise outside during the hottest part of the day.
  • Beware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in fewer than 10 minutes.
  • Keep your pets cool – Give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Don’t exercise your pets in high temperatures or when the pavement is hot. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun or bring them indoors.
  • Sunscreen – Protect your skin against cancer, burns, and skin damage by using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Stay informed – Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely and pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Don’t get caught unprepared as temperatures climb into the triple digits. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and learn to respond if you or a loved one are experiencing severe heat-related illness by checking out our Hot Weather Tips news release

Please remember: Only dial 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency. 

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