City to Open Temporary Cooling Centers
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – This week, the City of Corpus Christi will open six locations as temporary cooling centers in anticipation of extremely high temperatures.
High heat indexes indicate extreme heat as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. The forecast for this week indicates several days high temperatures with extreme high heat indexes.
The cooling centers will open on a temporary basis to provide relief from extreme heat. Residents are reminded opening these City facilities is an exception. Senior centers and libraries will not be open for regular activities such as games, exercise, classes, or socializing in groups.
City facilities will adhere to regulations and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) and the State to avoid the transmission of COVID-19, such as maintaining 6 feet physical distancing, using face masks, along with other best personal-protection practices.
Cooling centers are open to all residents that need a break from the extreme heat. Temperature checks and face masks will be required to enter the facility. Due to social distancing requirements, there will be limited space per site.
The City will open six locations as temporary cooling centers Monday, June 8, Tuesday, June 9, & Wednesday, June 10 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Temporary Cooling Centers
Ethel Eyerly Senior Center 654 Graham 826-2330
Garden Senior Center 5325 Greely 826-2345
Broadmoor Senior Center 1651 Tarlton 826-3138
Oveal Williams Senior Center 1414 Martin Luther King 826-2305
La Retama Central Library 805 Comanche 826-7055
Ben F. McDonald Public Library 4044 Greenwood 826-2356
The following locations are also open to the community as cooling center options:
Good Samaritan Rescue Mission (210 S Alameda Street)
Salvation Army (521 Josephine Street)
Mother Teresa Shelter (513 Sam Rankin Avenue)
Metro Ministries (1919 Leopard Street)
Timon’s Ministries (10501 S Padre Island Dr, 78418)
The City would also like to remind everyone about precautions you can take to reduce your risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Texas Department of State Health Services advises:
- Never leave anyone, including animals, in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Don't wait until you are thirsty, drink fluids at least 30 minutes before going outside.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early mornings or evenings when it’s cooler.
- Take frequent breaks when working outside.
- Signs and symptoms of heat illness include dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, headaches, and muscle cramps. If signs and symptoms begin to emerge move to a cooler location, rest a few minutes and slowly drink a cool liquid. Immediately seek medical attention if conditions do not improve and tell someone to observe you
- Eat meals that are well balanced, cool, and light.
- Frequently check on the elderly, the ill, and others who may need help.
- Adjust to the environment. A sudden change in temperature – an early heat wave or travel to a hotter climate – will be stressful to the body. Limit physical activity until you become accustomed to the heat.
- Check with a doctor or pharmacist about the effects of sun and heat when taking prescription medications, especially diuretics or antihistamines.
Overall, the best defense against heat-related illness is prevention; stay cool, drink plenty of fluids, wear cool clothing and monitor strenuous outdoor activities, and stay informed.