Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cooling Stations Available Throughout the County During Summer Months

The Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates the operation of Cooling Centers throughout the County during the summer months. Cooling Centers are operated voluntarily by their respective owners, as a service to the community. These facilities are equipped with air conditioning, seating, and restrooms, and may also provide vending machines, reading materials, and/or activities. Contact Cooling Centers near you to find out what services are offered and the hours of operation.

During extreme heat emergencies with high overnight temperatures, additional 24x7 Cooling Centers may be activated to assist the public.

If you believe that you have a medical emergency related to the heat, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Also, please remember your animals and pets: they can overheat as well, and suffer from heat stress.

Thinking about visiting a Cooling Center because your utility bill is too high?  Contact 2-1-1 of Tulare County to see if you qualify for assistance programs. Still hot, but don't want to visit a Cooling Center?  How about a trip to your local movie theater, or family member's/friend's house?

A map of all Cooling Center locations in Tulare County can be found here; locations for Visalia are:

Tulare County Library, Visalia Branch
200 W Oak Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
Hours of Operation:
Tue-Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 12pm-6pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Telephone: (559) 713-2700

Visalia Rescue Mission
322 NE 1st Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
Hours of Operation:
Daily 7:30am-12pm
Telephone: (559) 733-2231

Visalia Transit Center
400 E Oak Ave
Visalia, CA 93291
Hours of Operation:
Daily Daily 6am-10pm
Telephone: (559)  713-4100

The above information via the County of Tulare.