The Department of Public Health Reminds you to Be Climate Ready. Always stay informed, prepared and have a plan. Here are some tips on how you can prepare!
We remind our community to be mindful of extreme heat during the summer. Stay cool, stay hydrated and always stay informed!
Stay Cool: Find places in your community where you can go to get cool. The City Of El Paso offers cooling centers during extreme heat warning. Call 2-1-1 for more information to find the nearest cooling center to you. Here are some tips on how to keep your home cool during periods of extreme heat:
- Cover your windows with drapes or shades
- Add insulation to keep the heat out
- Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.
- Weather-strip doors and windows
- Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
Those who are in need of a fan can dial 2-1-1 to check for eligibility criteria and receive details on how to receive a free fan.
If you plan on being outside, be prepared. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face and find shade. Wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing. Remember to always use a minimum of SPF 15 and to apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and the back of hands . If you perspire heavily or will be in water, remember to reapply at least every 2 hours.
Avoid strenuous activities. They increase the chance of dehydration which can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.
Stay Hydrated: Drink on plenty of fluids.
Stay Informed: Keep updated through the local news for any weather updates. Know if your area will be affected due to the extreme weather and look out for information on planned power outages. Have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Check yourself, your family members, and your neighbors.
Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Never leave children in a car, even for a minute. Children’s temperature can rise 3-5 degrees higher than an adult. When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes. Cars can get dangerously hot fast. Have a plan for your family and pets before needing to leave your home. Plan to leave them with someone or take them down with you.
For more information call 3-1-1 or 2-1-1 for a list of available services.
Free Cooling Stations
The City of El Paso is offering FREE cooling stations. The cooling stations are open on the following schedules:
Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday from noon - 7 p.m.
Cooling stations are available at:
- Galatzan Rec Center, 650 Wallenberg Dr. (Districts 1 and 8)
- Memorial Park Senior Center, 1800 Byron St. (District 2)
- Veterans Rec Center, 5301 Salem Dr. (District 4)
- Chamizal Rec Center, 2101 Cypress Ave. (District 8)
- Gary Del Palacio Rec Center, 3001 Parkwood St. (District 3 and 7)
- Valle Bajo Community Center, 7380 Alameda Ave. (District 3 and 7)
- Marty Robbins Rec Center, 11620 Vista del Sol Dr. (Districts 5, 6 and 7)