FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 – In response to the extremely high, potentially life-threatening temperatures expected this weekend, local officials have collaborated to have “cooling centers” and other disaster relief services at the ready.
Working on the effort are Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Health and Human Services and the office of County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, the county disaster services coordinator.
Sheriff Lutze, the county’s Emergency Services coordinator, said that “potential record-setters” can lead to power outages – outages that mean no air conditioning, no fans, no refrigeration and no swamp coolers, possibly for prolonged periods of time.
Aside from advising residents to drink plenty of water, stay in the shade and take other preventative actions, the county is prepared to immediately open cooling centers in Lone Pine, Bishop, Independence and Big Pine if need be, said HHS Director Jean Turner, whose office manages the cooling centers. These pre-designated centers, which are outfitted with generators if needed, would provide air conditioning and hydration stations.
Cooling centers are already set up in the Tocopa/Shoshone area, where many seniors reside and 120-125 degree highs are expected. The center, located at the Hurlbut Rook Community Center on Tecopa Hot Springs Road, will be from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through Monday, July 1, Lutze said.
(Read more in the Saturday, June 29, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)