[Libs-Or] Cooling shelter?
janesa at multcolib.org
Tue Apr 28 17:00:27 PDT 2015
We have had a fairly informal agreement over the years at Multnomah County
with our county Aging and Disabilities department, which is the local Area
Agency on Aging. They publicize libraries as the place to go with their
clients, and it is noted in newspapers and other public places. In case of
a real heat wave, they have sometimes contacted us just to check in, and
make sure that if it gets very serious, they can bring in water, and take
other measures to support the library's role of providing space. It's
never come to that, as far as I know, but it's good to have the
relationship in place. And like Salem, we've never agreed to be open
beyond our usual hours. The experts in Aging and Disabilites have said
that, even if people are not sheltered there all day and night, it is still
very useful to for the health and safety of individuals to have a few hours
out of the heat during regular business hours.
I recommend this kind of partnership - they are the experts and we have the
space, and it's easy to come to agreement about what each will offer.
Supervisor, Library Outreach Services
Multnomah County Library
205 NE Russell
Portland, OR 97212
Phone: 503.988.4081 Website: www.multcolib.org
*janesa at multcolib.org <xxxxxxx at multcolib.org>*
On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 4:50 PM, BJ Toewe <bjtoewe at cityofsalem.net> wrote:
> Salem Public Library, along with our Senior Center, has been a cooling
> shelter but only during regular business hours. We didn't have to do
> anything special from the Library's end of things. It was promoted via our
> city information outlets by the city's PR staffer.
> >>> Buzzy Nielsen <buzzy at hoodriverlibrary.org> 4/28/2015 4:42 PM >>>
> > Have any of you ever acted as an official cooling center in your
> communities? Hood River has a warming shelter, but it doesn't have a
> cooling shelter in the summers despite the rather hot days. We're perhaps
> interested in trying it out. If you've been a cooling shelter, what did it
> entail and did you partner with any other local organizations? Is there
> anything you'd suggest?
> Thanks for your help!
> Library Director
> Hood River County Library District
> 502 State Street
> Hood River, Oregon 97031
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