Need help avoiding the heat this weekend? San Antonio opening cooling centers, giving tips for how to stay safe

With the state grid operator asking residents to conserve power and high temperatures along the way, San Antonio is opening its libraries as cooling centers this weekend.

The announcement comes as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas urged people to conserve power by setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and by avoiding using large appliances between 3 and 8 pm ERCOT asked for the conservation efforts on Friday when six power generators went offline in the midst of unseasonably hot weather and high energy demands. Last week, the agency said there could potentially be issues with the electric grid as temperatures across Texas were approaching near-record highs.

In San Antonio this weekend, National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 96 and 97 for today and Sunday, respectively. Other places in the region such as Del Rio and Eagle Pass could hit triple digit heat tomorrow.

People who need to get to a cooling center can get a free trip to and from the centers from VIA, the news release states.

The city said that people without access to air conditioning, adults 65 and older, children 4 and younger and people with medical conditions like heart disease are more likely to face challenges on hot days. In the news release, officials urge people to drink water, protect themselves from the sun and check on higher risk people to ensure they’re safe from the heat.

“Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects,” the news release cautions. “Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child quickly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. ”

Pets and children should not be left alone in vehicles. If you see a child locked in a hot vehicle, you are urged to call 911 with a description of the car and its license plate. If an animal is found, call 311 for Animal Care Services. Police and Animal Care Officers are given the right by city ordinance to break car windows if a person or animal is in danger inside.

The library locations and hours listed on the Office of Emergency Management website are as follows:

Central Library

600 Soledad

PHONE: 210-207-2500

SATURDAY: Open until 6 pm

SUNDAY: Closed

All of the following branches will be open from 10 am until 6 pm Saturday and Sunday:

Brook Hollow Branch Library

530 Heimer Road

PHONE: 210-207-9030



Carver Branch Library

3350 E. Commerce St.

PHONE: 210-207-9180



Cody Branch Library

11441 Vance Jackson Road

PHONE: 210-207-9100



Collins Garden Branch Library

200 N. Park Blvd.

PHONE: 210-225-0331



Cortez Branch Library

2803 Hunter Blvd.

PHONE: 210-207-9130



Encino Branch Library

2515 E. Evans Road

PHONE: 210-207-9250



Great Northwest Branch Library

9050 Wellwood St.

PHONE: 210-207-9210



Guerra Branch Library

7978 Military Drive West

PHONE:
210-207-9070



Igo Branch Library

13330 Kyle Seale Parkway

PHONE: 210-207-9080



Johnston Branch Library

6307 Sun Valley Drive

PHONE: 210-207-9240



Landa Branch Library

233 Bushnell Ave.

PHONE: 210-207-9090



Las Palmas Branch Library

515 Castroville Road

PHONE: 210-207-9200



Maverick Branch Library

8700 Mystic Park

PHONE: 210-207-9060



McCreless Branch Library

1023 Ada

PHONE: 210-207-9170



Mission Branch Library

3134 Roosevelt Ave.

PHONE: 210-207-2704



Pan American Branch Library

1122 W. Pyron Ave.

PHONE:
210-207-9150



Parman Branch Library at Stone Oak

20735 Wilderness Oak

PHONE: 210-207-2703



San Pedro Branch Library

1315 San Pedro Ave.

PHONE: 210-207-9050



Schaefer Branch Library

6322 US 87 East

PHONE:
210-207-9300



Semmes Branch Library

15060 Judson Road

PHONE: 210-207-9110



Thousand Oaks Branch Library

4618 Thousand Oaks Drive

PHONE: 210-207-9190



Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell

4134 Harry Wurzbach

PHONE: 210-207-9040

Cooling centers also can be viewed on a map on the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management website.

megan.rodriguez@express-news.net

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