Where to stay cool in Salem during this week's heat wave
Temperatures have stayed hot over the past few days and the heat is expected to continue through the weekend.
County, city and local partners are supporting residents looking to escape the intense heat with cooling spaces.
Marion County Health & Human Services is advising people to stay hydrated, take cool showers or baths, use air conditioning or a fan and avoid using their stove or oven. People should also avoid going outside from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when temperatures are hottest.
Residents are advised to visit the malls or libraries to find cool public spaces. Cooling shelters are also open for relief.
Cherriots is providing free transportation to cooling shelters.
Here is a roundup of cooling centers that are open in Marion and Polk counties:
The Salvation Army of Marion and Polk Counties is opening the community room at the Salem Kroc Center as an emergency cooling center.
The cooling center is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free bus trips are available from Cherriots on route 23. All activities will be free of charge.
The cooling center is located on 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE.
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE
Open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
West Salem Branch
395 Glen Creek Road NW
Open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Recovery Outreach Community Center
2555 Silverton Road NE
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cooling center is one of three Recovery Outreach Community Center locations. It will be open on days when the temperature reaches over 100 degrees and will remain open past 5 p.m. until the temperature drops below 95 degrees.
Polk County Recovery Outreach Community Center
945 SE Uglow Ave., Dallas
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also hosted by ROCC, this location will maintain regular hours but will activate on days with temperatures over 100 degrees. This location will also remain open until the temperature drops below 95 degrees.
Santiam Outreach Community Center
280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City
The third ROCC location that will open on days with temperatures over 100 degrees. It will also remain open until the temperature drops below 95 degrees.
Additional cooling centers
The ARCHES Project is also providing support during the heat wave.
Three outreach teams will travel throughout Marion and Polk counties during the week from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. to check on unsheltered people and deliver water. The organization, a division of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, provides supportive services for those in need.
“One of the biggest concerns for folks that are unsheltered during drastic temperature increases is they don’t have the same access to potable drinking water as the rest of us," said Robert Marshall, program manager for ARCHES. "They are typically getting more dehydrated and are more susceptible to heat-related illness."
The organization is also extending its day center hours until 7 p.m. during the heat wave. The day center normally closes at 4 p.m.
“We’ll be able to get people inside during the hottest time of the day," Marshall said. "These folks are out in the elements. There’s no escaping from it.”
Marshall encouraged others to help by carrying water bottles to hand out and spreading the word about available cooling centers.
“Everybody can play a part in being an outreach worker and helping an unsheltered neighbor ... Being able to tell someone that ARCHES is open downtown until 7 could be that lifeline for that individual," he said.
The ARCHES Project
615 Commercial St. NE
The ARCHES day center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Union Gospel Mission
777 Commercial St. NE
The mission's shelter will be open Monday through Saturday from5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
HOME Youth Resource Center
625 Union St. NE
The HOME Youth Resource Center provides resources and shelter for youth ages 11 to 17. The shelter will be open for cooling from noon to 7 p.m.
115 Liberty St. NE.
The drop-in center for youth and young adults ages 18 to 24 normally closes at 2 p.m. but will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Hallie Ford Museum
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art invites the public to escape the heat wave with free admission this week through Saturday in its air-conditioned building.
One exhibition sure to make visitors feel even cooler is "April Waters: Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica," which transports viewers to a beautiful landscape with looming icebergs and frigid waters.
Waters is a Salem artist known for her works that focus on water and the landscape. In 2018, she traveled to Palmer Station as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. She returned to her studio to transform her sketches, photographs and experiences into the series of paintings in this exhibition.
Statesman Journal reporters Dejania Oliver and Whitney Woodworth contributed to this report.
Dianne Lugo covers equity and social justice issues for the Statesman Journal. Reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter @DianneLugo
This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Where to stay cool in Salem during this week's heat wave