Cooling Centers Open:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday
07/15/2010

The forecast of intense heat over the next few days has triggered operation of the City of Fresno Cooling Centers. Now in its fifth year, the City has refined its cooling center process and will provide free swimming, bus transportation and extended hours at four community centers all summer when temperatures reach 105 or higher. The City’s Cooling Centers are being supported by a continued partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric who provided $21,000 this year.

When the National Weather Service (NWS), forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter, the City will activate four Cooling Centers strategically located throughout the City.

· The Cooling Centers will be available from Noon - 8 p.m.

· In addition, the City’s FAX bus system will provide free transportation along normal routes to and from the Cooling Center sites. To ride free, residents must indicate they are traveling to a Cooling Center. Individuals should refer to the FAX schedule to determine the final evening departure time for buses providing service near Cooling Center locations.

· PARCS department will provide free swimming from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at its four standard pool locations (Airways, Mosqueda, Mary Ella Brown and Frank H. Ball).

When the forecast is below 105 degrees, City officials will monitor conditions throughout the day and may call for activation at any time if urgent public health and safety issues arise. Additionally, the City works with the National Weather Service to ensure that the public advertised forecast is consistent with the forecast used to determine Cooling Center status. The public can refer to the City’s website, www.fresno.gov or call 621-CITY to confirm Cooling Center activations.