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Cooling Centers Available During Power Outage

As Albuquerque temperatures soar, City departments join forces to provide relief during power issues.

Map of Shelters

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Albuquerque- Mayor Richard J. Berry has asked the Senior Affairs and Family and Community Services departments to open several cooling centers in light of the recent power outage to help people beat the heat.

Available Shelters

The following venues have been opened to the public on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, free of charge for shelter, air conditioning, and water:

  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
    501 Elizabeth SE
    (505) 275-8731
    Closed at 9 p.m.
  • Palo Duro Senior Center
    5221 Palo Duro NE
    Closed at 5 p.m.
  • Mesa Verde Community Center
    7900 Marquette NE
    (505) 256-2091
    Closed at 8 p.m.
  • Cesar Chavez Community Center
    7505 Kathryn SE
    (505) 256-2680
    Closed at 8 p.m.

Power Status

PNM has informed the city they estimate the power to be restored by late Tuesday evening. If necessary, the community centers and senior centers will accommodate any changes to that timing and extend their hours of operation.

The Mayor's Office has also contacted the Red Cross to ask for their support. The Department of Senior Affairs is doing welfare calls and checks for all homebound seniors.

Stay Safe

Tips for staying safe in the heat: The Department of Senior Affairs encourages citizens to check up on elderly or ill relatives who are living on their own during the summer months when temperatures soar.

It is critical for loved ones and neighbors to check on seniors who are vulnerable to extreme heat and may need access to a cool environment.

Senior Centers and shopping malls are great places to beat the heat. However, if you know of someone who is homebound and without a properly functioning air conditioner, please visit or call them to ask how they are doing.

Safety Tips

  • Keeping the shades drawn in the daytime can keep homes cooler, and if you live in a two-story or split level home, stay downstairs. Open windows upstairs if you have no air conditioning to keep the room cool and have a fan blowing.
  • Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, so stick to water (drinking lots of water is very helpful). Also, avoid beverages with lots of sugar or caffeine.
  • Wearing light, light-colored and loose clothing will help you to stay cooler.