Historic Heat Wave Forecast - Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)
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Historic Heat Wave Forecast

Historic heat wave forecast

Statistics show that heat kills more people, on average, than any other weather-related hazard. Heat waves are especially more fatal when they last more than two consecutive days.

Friday, June 25, 2021

We have a historic heat wave forecast for the Pacific Northwest.   All-time high records are going to be challenged. Temperatures at night will also stay above normal and cooler weather is not forecast until well into next week.

Statistics show that heat kills more people, on average, than any other weather-related hazard.  Heat waves are especially more fatal when they last more than two consecutive days.For your safety and consideration we have assembled a list of resources. Please be mindful of you and your loved ones safety (that includes the 4-legged members of your family) during this heat wave. Remember to check on those who are particularly vulnerable or elderly during the next few days. Stay safe and protected. 

Heat Wave Preparedness and Safety:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Extreme Heat | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC

Heat Wave Safety | Heat Exhaustion Safety | Red Cross

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC

Extreme Heat | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather | CDC


Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool:

  • Use window coverings such as blinds and curtains
  • Ceiling Fans: Counterclockwise for Summers
  • Cook outdoors if able
    • Either cook on the grill, in a microwave, or in a crock pot. If you must use the oven, try to cook your meal before noon or after the heat of the day.
    • Travel:
  • If beating the weekend heat includes travel to cooler locales, make sure to prep & pack your car accordingly. Include enough water for all passengers & pets.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles! Plan ahead if you'll need travel breaks.
  • Pets:
  • Pet Safety in Emergencies: Pet Safety in Emergencies | Healthy Pets, Healthy People | CDC
  • Pet Hot Weather Safety Tips: Hot Weather Safety Tips | ASPCA
    • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
    • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
    • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
    • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

State and Regional Web and App Resources:

Oregon: (20) OregonOEM (@OregonOEM) / Twitter

Local Cooling Shelters:

Cooling Shelter Medford -510 E Main Street, where the old Medford Senior Center used to be. Open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sat June 26, and close the earliest on Tuesday, June 29, but will reopen when necessary. It will not require COVID-19 vaccinations, but there will be a COVID-19 check-in. 45 people at one time (according to the fire marshal)

Cooling Shelter in Talent- Community Center 104 E Main.  Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Sat 26th through Mon 28th

Cooling Shelter in Ashland-48 5th St. Open noon until 830 pm. Sat 26th to July 1st Masks required.


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