June 2

Madera County Excessive Weather 2012 Cooling Center Sites and Safety Tips


Madera County Sheriff's DepartmentVisit www.calema.ca.gov; www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx; or www.redcross.org for comprehensive guidelines about staying healthy in hot weather.
Click Here for PDF Brochure of Cooling Tips

Heat-Related Emergency Tips 2012

  • Outdoor workers require special precautions during excessive heat conditions and employers must follow California’s heat illness prevention regulations (www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/heatillnessoaltext.doc).
  • Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Regardless of your activity level, drink more fluids —especially water—and more than you think you need. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.
  • Make sure clothing is lightweight and comfortable and—if you’re planning to be outdoors—avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Don’t over exert. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you don’t have access to air conditioned space at home, please visit a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center, or other facility that is open to the public.
  • Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures at safer levels.
  • Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.
  • Don’t forget about Fido! For information on protecting your pets from the heat, please visit www.aspca.org for Hot Weather Tips.
  • If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
  • And call 911 in the event of a true health emergency.

Click Here for PDF Brochure of Cooling Tips

Madera County Operational Area Excessive Weather Cooling Centers 2012

The County of Madera, City of Madera, and City of Chowchilla have established the following locations as Cooling Centers during times of extreme summer heat. The Centers will be open the days and times of the week as indicated on the list provided below. Other Centers may be opened on an “as need” basis and will be announced through the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Centers are closed on holidays unless otherwise indicated.
For more information on County locations, please contact the Sheriff’s Department/Office of Emergency Services at (559) 675-7770.
For more information on City of Madera locations, please contact City Administration at (559) 661-5400 (during regular business hours) or the Madera Police Department at (559) 675-4200 after regular business hours. City of Madera residents may contact Dial-a-Ride at (559) 661-7433 for transportation. Center hours will be extended as needed and announced through the local media.
For more information on City of Chowchilla locations, please contact the City Public Information Office at (559) 665-8615, extension 110 (during regular business hours); and the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600 after regular business hours. During business hours, residents may contact CATX for transportation at (559) 665-8655.
Activation of the Cooling Center sites, beyond regular operating hours, will be assessed on an “as need” basis.

Madera County Operational Area Cooling Center Sites 2012

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City of Chowchilla

Chowchilla Senior Center
820 W. Robertson Blvd.
Chowchilla, CA
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 1:00pm

City/County of Madera

Frank Bergon Senior Center 
238 South D. Street 332 Elm Ave.
Madera, CA
Mon – Fri 8:00am – 2:30pm
Madera Rescue Mission
332 Elm Ave.
Madera, CA
Daily beginning – “as need” basis
Pan Am Community Center
703 E. Sherwood Way
Madera, CA
Mon – Fri 8:00am – 8:00pm
Ranchos/Hills Senior Center
37339 Berkshire Dr.
Madera, CA
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 2:00pm

Mountain Communities


Coarsegold Community Center Sierra
35540 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 93614
Mon, Tues & Thurs 10:00am – 1:00pm
Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse
30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway
Coarsegold, CA
Daily 8:00am – 8:00pm
Water available Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm Clubhouse Office


Sierra Senior Center
49111 Cinder Lane
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Mon – Fri 9:00am – 2:00pm
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Sheriff’s Office Of Emergency Services, Madera County

John P. Anderson
Sheriff & Director of Emergency Services
Janet Stanovich, OES Coordinator
14143 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 675-7770
Fax: (559) 675-8413
E-Mail: jstanovich@madera-county.com


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