Preparing for Heat Wave, County Opens 55 Cooling Centers | NBC Southern California

Preparing for Heat Wave, County Opens 55 Cooling Centers

The Department of Public Health has opened cooling stations throughout the county to provide citizens with protection from the heat.

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    Capt. Jaime Moore with LAFD says leaving children in a hot car, which can quickly reach 120 degrees under the summer sun, is one of the most preventable accidents of summer. Officials suggest parents use visual reminders – like putting a teddy bear in the carseat when it’s not in use, and moving it up to the front seat when the carseat is occupied – to prevent a potentially fatal mistake. John Cadiz Klemack reports from North Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 9, 2012. (Published Tuesday, July 10, 2012)

    County officials have opened "cooling centers" throughout Los Angeles County in preparation for an impending heat wave that NBC meteorologists warn could bring triple-digit temperatures to the region.

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    Officials expect a 20 percent increase in attendance at local "cooling centers," which include community centers and public libraries, as residents prepare for July's heat wave. Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90's and even triple digits over the next month. NBC4's Annette Arreola reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on July 9, 2012. (Published Monday, July 9, 2012)

    Organized by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the 55 cooling stations in the county aim to provide protection from the heat for the elderly and those with heat-related health issues, said Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

    Officials are urging citizens to take extra precautions to guard against the rising temperatures, including drinking extra water and avoiding unnecessary sun exposure.

    Symptoms of dehydration can include dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

    All Los Angeles city buildings are cooling centers year-round, officials say, but they have not been activated, which would mean extended hours at certain locations.

    NBC4 has compiled a list of cooling centers in the county to help citizens navigate the hot weather.

    Cooling Centers in District 1
    • Azusa: Azusa Library
    • Azusa: Azusa Senior Center
    • Azusa: Memorial Park
    • Claremont: Alexandra Hughes Community Center
    • Claremont: Blaisdell Senior Center
    • Claremont: Claremont Library
    • Claremont: Joslyn Senior Center
    • El Monte: El Monte Library
    • El Monte: Jack Crippen Multi-Purpose Senior Center
    • Hacienda Heights: Hacienda Heights Library
    • Hacienda Heights: Steinmetz Senior Center
    • Los Angeles: Centro Maravilla Service Center
    • Los Angeles: East Los Angeles Library
    • Los Angeles: East Los Angeles Service Center
    • Los Angeles: Salazar Senior Center
    • Los Angeles: St. Barnabas Senior Services
    • Monterey Park: Langley Senior Citizens Center
    • Pico Rivera: Pico Rivera Senior Center
    • Pomona: Palomares Park Community Center
    • Pomona: Washington Community Center
    • Pomona: Washington Community Center
    • South El Monte: South El Monte Senior Center
    • South Gate: South Gate Senior Center

    Cooling Centers in District 2
    • Carson: Carson Library
    • Compton: Dollarhide Senior Center
    • Compton: East Rancho Dominguez Service Center
    • Culver City: Culver City Senior Center
    • Gardena: Asian Community Service Center
    • Gardena: Gardena Senior Citizens Bureau Nakaoka Community Center
    • Los Angeles: Florence/Firestone Service Center
    • Los Angeles: Roosevelt Senior Center
    • Los Angeles: Washington Park Gym
    • Los Angeles: Willowbrook Senior Center

    Cooling Centers in District 3
    • Hollywood: Hollywood Senior Center
    • Reseda: ONE generation Senior Enrichment Center
    • San Fernando: San Fernando Recreation Park
    • Van Nuys: San Fernando Valley Service Center
    • Westlake Village: Westlake Village Library

    Cooling Centers in District 4
    • Artesia: Artesia Library
    • Avalon: Avalon Library
    • Bellflower: Clifton Brakensiek Library
    • Diamond Bar: Diamond Bar Library
    • Hawaiian Gardens: Hawaiian Gardens Library
    • La Mirada: La Mirada Activity Center
    • La Mirada: La Mirada Library
    • Lakewood: Angelo M. Lacoboni Library
    • Lakewood: George Nye Jr. Library
    • Lomita: Lomita Library
    • Manhattan Beach: Manhattan Beach Library
    • Marina del Rey: Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library
    • Norwalk: Alondra Library
    • Norwalk: Norwalk Library
    • Norwalk: Norwalk Senior Center
    • Paramount: Paramount Library
    • Rowland Heights: Pathfinder Park
    • Rowland Heights: Rowland Heights Library
    • San Pedro: San Pedro Service Center
    • Torrance: Bartlett Center
    • Torrance: Katy Geissert Main Library
    • Whittier: Los Nietos Senior Center
    • Whittier: South Whittier Library
    • Whittier: Whittier Senior Center

    Cooling Centers in District 5
    • Alhambra: Joslyn Adult Recreation Center
    • Altadena: Altadena Senior Center
    • Arcadia: Arcadia Senior Center
    • Covina: YWCA San Gabriel Valley - Intervale Senior Services
    • Glendale: Glendale Parks and Recreation Community Services
    • Glendale: Sparr Heights Community Center
    • La Verne: La Verne Community Center
    • Lancaster: Antelope Valley Senior Center
    • Littlerock: Jackie Robinson Park
    • Newhall: Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
    • Palmdale: Palmdale City Library
    • Palmdale: Desert Sands Park
    • Pasadena: Pasadena Senior Center
    • San Dimas: San Dimas Senior Citizen Community Center
    • San Gabriel: Asian Youth Center
    • Santa Clarita: Santa Clarita Public Library
    • South Pasadena: South Pasadena Senior Center

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