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Heat Advisory & Flex Alert for Fri, Jun 18
Posted on 06/18/2021

Heat Advisory Wed – Fri

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory from 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16 through 9 p.m. on Friday, June 18. The Heat Advisory includes the East Bay Interior Valleys and East Bay Hills. Temperatures are projected to be well above average and widespread highs from the low 90s to low 100s. 

Read More from the National Weather Service

Heat and Your Heath

Tips from Contra Costa Health Services:

  • Drink water - don't wait until you're thirsty
  • Don't leave children or pets in vehicles
  • Limit outdoor physical activity
  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed
  • Open windows to cooling breezes in the evenings

More Information on Heat and Your Health from Contra Costa Health Services

Flex Alert – Fri, June 18

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has issued a Flex Alert for Friday, June 18 asking consumers and businesses to conserve energy between the hours of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m

A Flex Alert is a call for voluntary conserving of electricity when there is an anticipated high energy demand. When consumers reduce electricity use during a Flex Alert, it can prevent the need for power outages.

To prepare for a Flex Alert, consumers are urged to manage their energy use prior to 5 p.m. by using energy during the mid-day, when you are likely using energy supplies produced from renewable solar resources.  

Tips to Manage Energy Use Before 5 p.m.

  • Pre-cool your home or work space by lowering your thermostat
  • Use major appliances (dishwasher, washer and dryer)
  •  Close window coverings
  • Charge electronic devices and electric vehicles

Tips to Manage Energy Use After 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher
  •  Avoid using major appliances
  •  Turn off unnecessary lights

Flex Alert Resources:

Read the most recent CAISO news release

Look up your location on PG&E's tool to see if you may be affected

FlexAlert.org provides energy conservation tips in four languages and allows consumers to sign up for alerts; and to sign-up for CAISO notifications directly.

Today's Outlook from CAISO provides energy supply and demand forecasts for the day

Understanding the Difference Between a Public Safety Power Shutuff (PSPS) and Flex Alert

For more information on smart energy practices for electricity conservation, please visit smart energy practices.

 

Cooling Centers in Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County's Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) has the below locations open as cooling centers through Friday, June 18, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community and staff members MUST wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, upon entering EHSD cooling centers.

To get relief from the high temperatures, visit these EHSD District Offices:

Antioch
4545 Delta Fair Blvd.

Pleasant Hill
400 Ellinwood Way

Martinez
40 Douglas Drive

Hercules
151 Linus Pauling

Richmond
1305 Macdonald

Water and face coverings will be available, as well as lobby seating (without a social distancing requirement). Each office will also provide access to charging station kiosks in the public lobbies.

Community members should NOT go to this EHSD office if exposed to or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Additional Cooling Locations in Contra Costa County
Call first to confirm hours.

Concord
Concord Senior Center
2727 Parkside Circle, Concord
(925) 671-3320

Martinez
Martinez Senior Center
818 Green Street, Martinez
(925) 370-8770

Pittsburg
Pittsburg Senior Center
300 Presidio Lane
(925) 252-4890

For further information, please call Contra Costa County Information & Assistance Senior & Disabled Helpline at 1-800-510-2020 (from within Contra Costa County, using a landline) or (925) 229-8434 (when using a cell phone, or from outside Contra Costa County).