Sunday, February 5, 2023

Cooling Center Opens in Ukiah After Public Health Declares a ‘Heat Emergency’

The following is a press release issued by Mendocino County Public Health:

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

Public Health has declared a heat emergency for the interior valleys of  Mendocino County due to extremely high forecasted daytime temperatures. The heat emergency is expected to end at 8 PM on Friday, Sept. 9. 

The heat emergency applies to the Ukiah and Potter Valley areas, where high temperatures are forecast to exceed 110 degrees, although the rest of the county will also experience extreme heat away from the coast. 

The City of Ukiah will open a cooling center at the Civic Center where people can escape the heat this week. Hours will be extended if rolling power outages occur: 

  • Open today (Monday, 9/5) from 12 PM – 8 PM 
  • Open Tuesday-Friday from 8 AM – 8 PM.  
  • 300 Seminary Ave, Ukiah, CA 95482 

Excessive heat poses a real health risk, particularly to those who work outdoors, the elderly,  young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic diseases. Mendocino County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Charlie Evans is urging residents to make a plan to stay cool and look out for  friends and neighbors: 

“Keep in close contact with family, friends and neighbors, especially those who have preexisting medical conditions or work outdoors. It’s important to remind one another to seek shade, drink  water and get medical assistance if signs of heat fatigue become visible.” 

To protect yourself and your family when the weather is very hot, follow the tips below: 

  • Never leave anyone including children or pets in a parked car, even briefly.
  • Don’t work outdoors alone. 
  • Consider working a flex schedule to avoid the hottest time of day, 12-6 PM.
  • Use air-conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. 

Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and give updates as needed. You can also reach the Public Health Call Center at 707-472-2759, Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM – 5 PM.




  2. The Round Valley Public Library serves the community as a cooling center and “hydration station” here in Covelo all summer long. There are always free bottles of ice cold water, the AC offers instant relief from the heat, and you can chill out with a book, game or computer as long as the place is open. No worries about a power outage, as we have a massive backup generator to run things (like vital internet and phone services) should the power go down. The RV library is truly a refuge during all kinds of weather and emergency situations; we’re so lucky to have the place and the kind staff who run it.

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