Houston Offers Free Transportation To Cooling Stations During Heat Wave

With temperatures again topping the 100-degree mark Monday, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Houston area. Authorities are offering several options for those trying to get out of the heat.


Houston is often called the most air-conditioned city in America. But that doesn’t mean everyone has AC, and the heat leaves many vulnerable residents at risk.

That’s why the city has activated its public health emergency guideline.

 “What that provides for is the ability for residents to call 311 and receive free transportation to one of the city’s designated cooling centers,” said Michael Walter with the Houston Office of Emergency Management.

Cooling centers are city facilities, such as libraries and multi-service centers. Every day during extreme heat, the city designates several in different parts of the city where residents can be transported to.

James Taylor was spending the afternoon at the Acres Home Multi-Service Center Monday.

“Just messing around on my computer a little bit and just generally stay here until at least around 4:00,” he said.  

Walter said since the city announced the heat emergency on Saturday, no-one has yet taken advantage of the free transportation service.

He hopes that people let their friends and relatives know about it to reduce the possibility of any medical emergencies as a result of the heat.



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Florian Martin

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