Multnomah County prepares for summer heat, expands cooling centers

The county’s emergency plan focuses on early outreach and helping those most vulnerable to the heat.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — Multnomah County is working with the city of Portland to prepare for another summer of potentially dangerous heat. The county recently outlined its updated emergency plan in a news release and announced it would expand cooling center locations.

About one year ago, a heat dome brought triple-digit temperatures to the Pacific Northwest in late June 2021. The county said by the end of summer, heat was responsible for the deaths of 72 people in Multnomah County — and all but three of those deaths resulted from

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