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Cooling Centers Now Open in 29 Palms

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dog-cooling-off1As summer approaches and daily temperatures begin to climb into the 100s, the City of Twentynine Palms reminds residents that a designated Cooling Center is available at the newly remodeled Senior Center in downtown Twentynine Palms. The center is located at 6539 Adobe Road, next to the MBTA Transit Center and across from the Twentynine Palms Fire Station.


The center is climate controlled and open for residents to cool off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Should the heat index reach 115 degrees or other conditions or emergencies necessitate, the building will be open for additional hours and on weekends to serve as an emergency cooling center. The building is also equipped with a generator in case of power outages.


While the Senior Center serves lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, food is not available in the building at other times. If the site is open for a cooling center on the weekends, water will be available but no food service. Residents should bring their own snacks. Please, no pets.


For assistance, residents can call the Senior Center at (760) 367-5780 or (760) 361-1410. For MBTA bus information, call (760) 366-2395. For pets and animal information, contact Palms-N-Paws (760) 367-0157.


During hot weather, seniors, infants, young children, and people with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to health problems and should take extra precautions. Residents should check on their elderly family members, neighbors, and friends during extremely hot weather to make sure they are safe and comfortable.
Everyone is advised to drink plenty of fluids, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, and pace themselves when outside. Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.


If you or someone you know is feeling ill from the heat, remove them from the heat immediately, offer water, and seek medical help or call 911.


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Vickie Waite

Vickie is currently serving as the Public Information Officer for the City of Twentynine Palms. Ms. Waite is a long time resident of the Morongo Basin and Founding Publisher of the Sun Runner Magazine. Along with her late husband Terry Waite, Vickie was instrumental in acquiring much of the Public Art you see about town. While we do not always see eye to eye, I value her as a close friend and confidant.

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