Southeastern Idaho Public Health to serve as cooling center –

Southeastern Idaho Public Health to serve as cooling center –
Southeastern Idaho Public Health to serve as cooling center –

POCATELLO, IDAHO (SIPH News Release) – Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has established a cooling center at its Pocatello location at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, effective immediately, during the region’s heat wave. The National Weather Service has issued extreme heat warnings and heat advisories for much of southeast Idaho.

The Cooling Center is free and open to the public during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People are welcome to stop by to escape the heat. The Cooling Center offers air conditioning, water, snacks, basic activities (coloring books, games, etc.), bathrooms, seating, and the ability to charge cell phones.

SIPH plans to open its doors as a cooling center during the summer when temperatures are above 90 degrees. SIPH Director Maggie Mann says, “Historically, this weather is not typical for Southeast Idaho. We have many homes without air conditioning, which is a problem for everyone, especially our most vulnerable populations. We offer our facility as a cooling center, a safe place to prevent the effects of extreme weather.”

Transportation to the cooling center in Pocatello is provided by Pocatello Regional Transit through its
E-bus route for people without transportation. For pickup locations, visit

Passengers simply need to tell the bus driver that they need to get off at SIPH. Return trips must be arranged upon request by calling (208)234-ABUS. Seniors over the age of 60 may call (208)232-0111 directly for door-to-door service with some restrictions within Pocatello/Chubbuck. The cost is a $2.00 donation.

If temperatures are too high, the health risks from heat-related illnesses
significantly increased, especially in infants and children under 5 years of age, the elderly and people with
Respiratory problems. Residents are encouraged to check on the well-being of vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbors during times of extreme heat.

Limited space and amenities are also available at SIPH’s other locations:
Franklin County – 42 West 1st South, Preston
Oneida County – 175 South 300 East, Malad
Caribou County – 55 East 1st South, Soda Springs
Bear Lake County – 431 Clay, Montpelier
Bingham County – 145 W. Idaho, Blackfoot

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