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.
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 Name||Address||Phone Number||Zip Code||Days, times open|
|Alicia Trevino Lopez Senior Center (District 6)||8353 Culebra Rd.||210.558.0178||78251||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Bazan Library||2200 W. Commerce St.||210.207.9160||78207||Starting June 20|
Tuesdays 12-7 p.m.
Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Bob Ross Senior Center||2219 Babcock Rd.||210.207.5300||78229||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Carver Library||3350 E. Commerce St.||210.207.9180||78220||From 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 MSC||2805 E. Commerce St.||210.207.5233||78202||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Collins Garden Library||200 Park Boulevard North||210.207.9120||78204||From June 9-13 and after June 16|
Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Copernicus Community Center||5303 Lord Rd.||210.648.1072||78220||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Cortez Library||2803 Hunter Blvd.||210.207.9130||78224||Beginning June 16|
Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Cuellar Community Center||400 SW 36th St.||210.207.3156||78237||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|District 2 Senior Center (Council District 2)||1751 S. WW White Rd.||210.207.5390||78220||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|District 5 Senior Center (Council District 5)||2701 S. Presa St.||210.207.5270||78210||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Gilbert Garza Park||1450 Mira Vista||210.207.7275||78228||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Hamilton Community Center||10700 Nacogdoches Rd.||210.207.3121||78217||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Johnston Library||6307 Sun Valley Drive||210.207.9240||78227||From June 9-13 and beginning June 16 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Memorial Library||3222 Culebra Road||210.207.9140||78228||From June 9-13 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Miller’s Pond||6175 Old Pearsall Rd||210.623.2900||78242||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Mission Library||3134 Roosevelt||210.207.2704||78214||From June 9-13 and beginning June 16 Tuesdays 12-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Normoyle Senior Center||700 Culberson Ave||210.207.5650||78211||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Northeast Senior Center||4135 Thousand Oaks Dr||210.207.4590||78217||78210|
|Palm Heights Community Center||1201 W. Malone Ave||210.207.3099||78225||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Pan American Library||1122 West Pyron||210.207.9150||78221||Beginning June 16 Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Ramirez Community Center||1011 Gillette Blvd||210.921.0681||78224||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Schaefer Library||6322 US Hwy 87 E||210.207.9300||78222||Beginning June 16 Tuesdays: 12-7 p.m. Wed–Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|South Side Lions Senior Center||3303 Pecan Valley Dr||210.207.1760||78210||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Southside Lions Community Center||3100 Hiawatha||210.207.3155||78210||M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|West End Park Senior Center (Council District 1)||1226 NW 18th Street||210.207.1719||78207||M-F 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Westfall Library||6111 Rosedale||210.207.9220||78201||From 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 Center||5512 W Military Dr||210.207.5294||78242||M-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.