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Cooling Centers during Extreme Heat and Power Outages

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Cooling centers:

Cooling centers are air-conditioned public facilities where you and your family can go for relief during periods of extreme heat to prevent or reduce heat-related illness and stress. Cooling centers currently open include:

Windsor: Windsor Senior Recreation Center at 9231 Foxwood Drive will be open for cooling, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.townofwindsor.com/1104/Senior-Center-Cooling-Safe-Haven.


The criteria determining when the county opens a cooling center includes meeting the following conditions:

  • The National Weather Service issuing a Heat Risk Level 3 warning or greater for at least three consecutive days; AND
  • The National Weather Service issuing an Excessive Heat Warning; and/or
  • A forecast of high daytime temperatures accompanied with overnight low temperature of at least 75 degrees or higher; and/or
  • The California Independent System Operator issuing an Energy Emergency Alert 2 or Alert 3 electrical emergency.


Extreme Temperature Response – In June 2023, the Department of Emergency Management supported its Sonoma County Operational Area Emergency Operations Plan with the Extreme Temperature Incidents Annex, which outlines procedures guiding a collaborative response by local governments, special districts, and allied agencies in the Sonoma County Operational Area to extreme temperature incidents.