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Houston activates heat emergency plan | Check list of Greater Houston area cooling centers

Anyone who needs a ride to a cooling center can call 311.

HOUSTON — With a heat advisory in effect for much of southeast Texas and heat indexes expected to be well into triple-figures, the city of Houston is activating its heat emergency plan.

Activation in Houston happens whenever the heat index reaches 108 on two consecutive days.

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Houston Cooling Centers

Anyone without air conditioning who needs to get out of the heat can do so at any of the following city libraries and parks, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, 2022:

The following facilities will open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Community Centers

Tidwell Community Center
9720 Spaulding St
Houston, TX 77016

Hartman Community Center
9311 E Avenue P
Houston, TX 77012

Multi-Service Centers

Acres Home Multi-Service Center
6719 W Montgomery Rd
Houston, TX 77091

Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star Dr
Houston, TX 77074

Public Library

Downtown Library
500 McKinney St
Houston, TX 77002

Monday, July 11, 2022:

All city of Houston community centers, multi-service centers, and libraries will serve as cooling centers and will be open during normal business hours.

Fort Bend County Cooling Centers

Fort Bend County opened the following cooling centers on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with exception to the Mamie George LIbrary, Albert George Library and the Bob Lutts/Simonton Branch Library, which are only open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Albert George Branch Library
    • 9230 Gene St., Needville TX 77461
  • Bob Lutts Fulsher/Simonton Branch
    • 8100 FM 359 S, Fulshear, TX 77441
  • George Memorial Library
    • 1001 Golf View Dr., Richmond, TX 77469
  • Missouri City Branch Library
    • 1530 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489
  • Sienna Branch Library
    • 84111 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459
  • University Branch Library
    • 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478
  • Cinco Ranch Branch Library
    • 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, TX 77494
  • Sugar Land Branch Library
    • 550 Eldridge Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77478
  • First Colony Branch Library
    • 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
  • Mamie George Branch Library
    • 320 Dulles Avenue, Stafford, TX 77477
  • Mission Bend Branch Library
    • 8421 Addicks Clodine Rd., Houston, TX 7083

Brazoria County Cooling Centers

Cooling stations are open at all Brazoria County Library locations during normal business hours this weekend.

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Need a ride?

Anyone who needs a ride to one of Houston's cooling centers can call 311 to get free transportation from METRO.

Who should stay indoors during hottest hours of the day?

According to the Houston Health Department, high-risk groups, like people who are 55 and older, children under 4 and people with chronic illnesses, are overweight or on certain medications should stay inside and in air conditioning between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Also, know the symptoms of heat exhaustion.  They include weakness, dizziness, excessive sweating, cool or moist skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, and a fast and weak pulse. Anyone who is experiencing that should take steps to lower their body temperature. 

Recommendations for you and your family to prevent heat-related illnesses, from the City of Houston:

  • Increase your water consumption; avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar
  • Exercise outdoors in the early morning or evening
  • Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water and take breaks in the shade or inside with air conditioning.
  • Wear light-fitting loose clothing
  • Don’t leave anyone or pets in a car unattended, even if the windows are cracked

For more ways to protect yourself, see more of the city of Houston’s recommendations.

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