Staying safe during the heat wave and key resources
Photos and Story by James Hill
As the Portland area begins a substantial heat wave today with temperatures forecasted to rise well beyond 90 degrees and into the 100s for an extended period of time, Portland Community College leadership wanted to remind the community about campus safety precautions and access protocols during the extreme temperatures.
Even though PCC does not plan on closing, Facilities Management Services (FMS) personnel are taking steps to provide relief for those on campus, such as temporarily running air conditioning in occupied buildings 24/7 and providing water for students and faculty in the classrooms. For those who are on campus experiencing an issue, they should consult their manager. In addition, folks should stay indoors, drink plenty of water and remain hydrated.
For tips and precautions on how you and your loved ones can remain safe during the heat, visit www.ready.gov/heat.
For those employees who do not have air conditioning at home, the college asks to please not come to campus to find relief. PCC is still operating under COVID restrictions and the only buildings where A/C is turned on and the water/air systems flushed and balanced are those that are in use by students. The vast majority of buildings on all campuses are unoccupied and shut down without these services.
For details on a cooling center nearest you, check the 211info.org’s list of locations.
If conditions warrant, the college inclement weather team will meet to determine any college closures or other changes.