Cooling centers to open across San Antonio

David Ibañez

SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio will open 28 cooling centers throughout the city to provide residents a respite from the hot weather.

Cooling centers will observe COVID-19 precautions, including screening, sanitation and social distancing guidelines, a news release said.

According to the Metro Health Heat Plan, the city is currently at a Level III “heat advisory.” Under normal circumstances, cooling centers are not activated during Level III, but due to COVID-19 and fewer options for residents needing to seek shelter from the heat, the city is opening cooling centers sooner.

Ten Department of Human Services-operated comprehensive senior centers opened Tuesday and while the heat advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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To provide additional cooling center locations, select libraries will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday as cooling centers only. Patrons seeking relief from the heat will be allowed to sit in designated areas and utilize Wi-Fi on their own devices. Browsing and computer use will not be available during this time.

Beginning June 15, select city park community centers will open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Following is a list of the cooling centers:

Site NameAddressPhone NumberZip CodeDays, times openAlicia Trevino Lopez Senior Center (District 6)8353 Culebra Rd.210.558.017878251M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Bazan Library2200 W. Commerce St.210.207.916078207Starting June 20
Tuesdays 12-7 p.m.
Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Bob Ross Senior Center2219 Babcock Rd.210.207.530078229M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Carver Library3350 E. Commerce St.210.207.918078220From June 9-13 and beginning June 16
Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Claude W. Black/Eastside MSC2805 E. Commerce St.210.207.523378202M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Collins Garden Library200 Park Boulevard North210.207.912078204From June 9-13 and after June 16
Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Copernicus Community Center5303 Lord Rd.210.648.107278220M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Cortez Library2803 Hunter Blvd.210.207.913078224Beginning June 16
Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Cuellar Community Center400 SW 36th St.210.207.315678237M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.District 2 Senior Center (Council District 2)1751 S. WW White Rd.210.207.539078220M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.District 5 Senior Center (Council District 5)2701 S. Presa St.210.207.527078210M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Gilbert Garza Park1450 Mira Vista210.207.727578228M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Hamilton Community Center10700 Nacogdoches Rd.210.207.312178217M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Johnston Library6307 Sun Valley Drive210.207.924078227From June 9-13 and beginning June 16 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Memorial Library3222 Culebra Road210.207.914078228From June 9-13 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Miller’s Pond6175 Old Pearsall Rd210.623.290078242M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Mission Library3134 Roosevelt210.207.270478214From June 9-13 and beginning June 16 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Normoyle Senior Center700 Culberson Ave210.207.565078211M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Northeast Senior Center4135 Thousand Oaks Dr210.207.45907821778210Palm Heights Community Center1201 W. Malone Ave210.207.309978225M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Pan American Library1122 West Pyron210.207.915078221Beginning June 16 Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Ramirez Community Center1011 Gillette Blvd210.921.068178224M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Schaefer Library6322 US Hwy 87 E210.207.930078222Beginning June 16 Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.South Side Lions Senior Center3303 Pecan Valley Dr210.207.176078210M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Southside Lions Community Center3100 Hiawatha210.207.315578210M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.West End Park Senior Center (Council District 1)1226 NW 18th Street210.207.171978207M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Westfall Library6111 Rosedale210.207.922078201From June 9-13 and beginning June 16 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Willie M. Cortez Senior Center5512 W Military Dr210.207.529478242M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Department of Human Services, in partnership with Catholic Charities, is providing free box fans to community seniors through the Project Cool program. Residents who would like to request a fan or have heat related resources, should call the United Way Helpline at 211.

With increasing heat, Metro Health reminds the community to take the following precautions:

Spend time at home or locations with air-conditioning. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. Stay well hydrated, regardless of your activity level.Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and appropriate sunscreen.Avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.Avoid heavy and/or hot foods—they add heat to your body.Limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day. Exposure to full sunshine can increase Heat Index Values by up to 15°F.Monitor those at high risk such as the elderly, infants, young children, and people who are ill or have chronic disease, such as heart disease or high blood pressure.Do not leave children or pets unattended in a closed, parked vehicle.

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