Houston libraries, multi-service centers to serve as weekend cooling centers

HOUSTON – Houstonians needing to take refuge from the heat over the weekend due to lack of air conditioning can visit City of Houston libraries on Saturday and two multi-service centers or a community center on Sunday.

The YMCA of Greater Houston will also open its locations as weekend cooling centers.

The National Weather Service predicts that weekend heat index values will reach as high as 111. The city activated its Public Health Heat Emergency Plan on June 14 when the Houston area began experiencing excessive heat.

The libraries will open during their normal business hours Saturday. Only the Bracewell and Pleasantville libraries are unavailable as cooling centers.

The multi-service centers and community center opening Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. are:

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
  • Sunnyside Health and Multi-Service Center, 4410 Reed Rd. and,
  • Moody Community Center, 3725 Fulton St.

People without adequate transportation to a designated cooling center can call 3-1-1 to request a free ride from METRO or zTrip. Transportation is only to and from the cooling centers; transportation to other locations is unavailable.

The Houston Health Department encourages people attending weekend Pride Houston events and parade to take water with them to the celebrations.

The department also recommends the precautions below to avoid heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

  • Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid beverages with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar because these can result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when temperatures are not as high. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. People unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave infants, children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked open. Check to make sure everyone is out of the car and don’t overlook children who may have fallen asleep.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Apply sunscreen, which protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • Seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day if the house is not air-conditioned: a relative’s home, multi-service centers, malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air-conditioned.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include weakness, dizziness, excessive sweating, cool or moist skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, and a fast and weak pulse. People experiencing these symptoms should lower their body temperature by getting to a cooler place, drinking water, taking a cool shower or bath and resting.

A throbbing headache, red, hot, and dry skin (no longer sweating), extremely high body temperature (above 103°), nausea or vomiting, confusion, loss of consciousness and a rapid, strong pulse are signs of heat stroke. If these symptoms occur, call 9-1-1 immediately and try to lower the person’s body temperature until help arrives.

People may seek air-conditioning in city multi-service centers, libraries and recreation centers during normal business hours, even when the Public Health Heat Emergency Plan is not activated. To find the nearest cooling center location or an air-conditioned city facility, people can call 3-1-1 for more information.

Libraries available this weekend are listed below.

Acres Homes Library
8501 West Montgomery
Houston, TX 77088

Alief Regional Library
11903 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77072

Blue Ridge Library
7007 West Fugua
Houston, TX 77489

Carnegie Library
1050 Quitman
Houston, TX  77009

Central Library
500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002

Clayton Library
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004

Collier Regional Library
6200 Pinemont
Houston, TX 77092

Flores Library
110 North Milby
Houston, TX 77003

Frank Express Library
10103 Fondren (inside Brays Oaks Towers)
Houston, TX 77096

Gregory Library
1300 Victor
Houston, TX 77019

Heights Library
1302 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008

Hillendahl Library
2436 Gessner
Houston, TX 77080

HMRC Library
550 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002

Johnson Library
3517 Reed Rd
Houston, TX 77051

Jungman Library
5830 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77057

Kashmere Gardens Library
5411 Pardee
Houston, TX 77026

Looscan Library
2510 Willowick
Houston, TX 77028

Mancuso Library
6767 Bellfort
Houston, TX 77087

Melcher Library
7200 Keller
Houston, TX 77012

Montrose Library
4100 Montrose
Houston, TX 77006

Moody Library
9525 Irvington
Houston, TX 77076

Oak Forest Library
1349 West 43rd
Houston, TX 77018

Park Place Regional Library
8145 Park Place
Houston, TX 77017

Ring Library
8835 Long Point
Houston, TX 77055

Robinson-Westchase Library
3223 Wilcrest
Houston, TX 77042

Scenic Woods Regional Library
10677 Homestead Rd.
Houston, TX 77016

Smith Library
3624 Scott
Houston, TX 77004

Southwest Express Library
6400 High Star
Houston, TX 77074

Stanaker Library
611 S. Sgt Macario Garcia
Houston, TX 77011

Stella Link Regional Library
7405 Stella Link
Houston, TX 77025

TECHLink Dixon Library
8002 Hirsch
Houston, TX 77016

Tuttle Library
702 Kress
Houston, TX 77020

Vinson Library
3810 West Fuqua
Houston, TX 77045

Walter Library
7660 Clarewood
Houston, TX 77036

Young Library
5107 Griggs Rd
Houston, TX 77021