Over the weekend, Santa Ana’s community centers, libraries, and senior cities ramped up as as a refuge for residents looking for a break from the ongoing heatwave, which is expected to last throughout the week, according to an advisory by the National Weather Service.
Cooling locations like Senior Centers extended their hours of operation through Labor Day. They are now back to their normal operating hours but remain an option for residents looking to cool down during the day.
“Parks, libraries, and rec centers are back to normal hours and provide to those who don’t have access to air conditioning during peak hours of the day,” says Gaston Flores, Management Analyst for the City of Santa Ana Manager’s Office.
Santa Ana resident Terry Galvan, visited the senior center over the weekend to cool down. Galvan’s home was built in 1937 and has no air conditioning.
Galvan is not the only one.
Santa Ana Senior maintenance worker, Enrique Cordova, has witnessed people utilizing the center when experiencing extreme heat exhaustion, adding that some stay and rest for over an hour.
To stay healthy during the heatwave, National Weather Service recommends the following:
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”
Cooling centers are becoming necessary for many to deal with the heat, and city officials say they will continue to operate in Santa Ana while the heat wave remains in place.
“We will base it on the heatwave. We will maintain these cooling centers as a viable option for the community to cool down,” says Flores, “So long as they’re open, we will send the message that they are cooling centers and let people take advantage of ac and water, even for those that are conserving energy between noon and five.”
The heatwave is expected to continue through this Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, according to the National Weather Service.
- Main Library, 26 Civic Center Plaza,
- Newhope Library, 122 N. Newhope St.,
- Santa Ana Senior Center, 424 W. 3rd St.,
- Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W. McFadden Ave.,
- Jerome Community Center, 726 S. Center St.,
- Salgado Community Center, 706 N. Newhope St.,
- El Salvador Community Center, 1825 W. Civic Center Drive,
- Roosevelt-Walker Community Center, 816 E. Chestnut Ave.,
- Memorial Center, 2102 S. Flower St.,