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City to Launch Cooling Centers for People Impacted by Power Outage

Albuquerque temperatures soar, city departments join forces to provide relief

June 11, 2013

Albuquerque- Mayor Richard J. Berry has asked the Senior Affairs and Family and Community Department to open several cooling centers in light of the recent power outage to help people beat the heat. The following venues have been opened to the public, free of charge for shelter, air conditioning, and water:

•    Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
501 Elizabeth SE


•    Palo Duro Senior Center
5221 Palo Duro NE

•    Mesa Verde Community Center
7900 Marquette NE

•    Cesar Chavez Community Center
7505 Kathryn SE  

PNM has informed the city they estimate the power to be restored by late afternoon, 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.

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.

1. 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.

2. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, so stick to water (drinking lots of water is very helpful).  Also, avoid beverages with lots of sugar or caffeine.

3. Wearing light, light-colored and loose clothing will help you to stay cooler.