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September 25, 2017

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News Release: San Francisco Activates Cooling Centers for Tuesday September 26 to Thursday September 28
September 25, 2017
Contact:  Joint Information Center
City and County of San Francisco Activates Cooling Centers for 
Tuesday September 26 to Thursday September 28
San Francisco, CA - The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting elevated temperatures for San Francisco from Tuesday September 26 through Thursday September 28.  Temperatures may reach the low to mid 90s during this time period.  Hot temperatures over the course of several days will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible especially for older adults, children, people who are sick as well as pets. Please check on neighbors, family members, and friends.
The following City and County of San Francisco facilities will act as cooling centers due to the high temperatures expected tomorrow. For information about cooling centers and city services and information call 3-1-1. To access these locations via Google maps go to: 
San Francisco Public Libraries
The following libraries have air conditioning:
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Swimming Pools
During the week of September 25th, all pools with the exception of Balboa, Rossi and Sava Pools are open during our normal operation hours, and for specific operation hours for each neighborhood pool, please check the Department's website: and cooling lanes for free swim will be available for those who arrive at the Pool for cooling needs.
  • Martin Luther King Pool - 5701 3rd Street
  • North Beach pool - 651 Lombard Ave
  • Coffman Pool - 1701 Visitation Ave
  • Hamilton Pool - Geary Avenue& Steiner Street
  • Mission Pool- 1 Linda Street
  • Garfield Pool- 26th Street & Harrison Street
Additional City and County of San Francisco Cooling Centers
The following cooling centers will be open in partnership with non-profit partners:
  • Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California StreetTuesday10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • George W. Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll AvenueTuesday through Thursday9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Salvation Army, 1450 Powell Street,
Residents accessing these sites are encouraged to bring their own books, puzzles, or games to pass the time. Additional sites may become available during the week. San Francisco will release this information as it becomes available. For alternates to public cooling centers, consider visiting a movie theater, congregation, or shopping mall. The public is urged to take make measures to stay healthy and safe during extreme temperatures:
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear light clothing
  • Stay inside in a cool place, if possible
  • Wear a hat if you must go outside 
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Prepare for the heat by pulling shades down during the day and keeping windows open at night
  • Use damp cloths on your neck, head and chest to cool down 
  • Please do not leave animals and any vulnerable individuals in a hot home or car without supervision.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know is having a medical emergency or showing signs of a heat stroke. Symptoms include:
  • Extremely high body temperature 103°+
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Red, hot, dry skin (with no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Mental Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Chills
  • Heat Waves in San Francisco
  • San Francisco has elevated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to Level 2 to support field operations, coordinate responding agencies, and provide public information as necessary.
  • San Francisco's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will conduct wellness checks and distribute water to unsheltered residents. 
    Media inquiries should be directed to the EOC Public Information Officer at 415-558-2712 or 415-558-2776 or
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with community based service providers including Project Open Hand, Meals and Wheels, and Self Help for the Elderly to conduct wellness checks for vulnerable residents.
Link to press release here
Here are some helpful tips:
You can prepare for the heat by pulling the shades down during the day and keeping the windows open at night. Drink water and try to keep out of the sun. When it is very hot outside, stay inside, preferably in places with air conditioning. For relief from the heat, consider visiting a community center, movie theater, congregation, public library, swimming pool, local recreation center or shaded park. For more information please refer to the following:
Link to this email here
SF Interfaith Council, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA 94129

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