May 4, 2020
Riverside County Joint Information Center
Resources available for seniors in Riverside County during heat wave
With high temperatures this week, Riverside County health officials remind seniors of available
resources to help protect them from the heat. With the current governor’s executive stay at
home order, county residents should remain in their homes during the heat wave.
Triple-digit temperatures are predicted throughout the week. Officials urge that seniors remain
at home and use their air conditioners to stay cool, then reach out to the Riverside County
Office of Aging for utility assistance when the bill arrives.
“We are working with the Office on Aging to connect seniors with services during this
heatwave,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Public Health for Riverside County. “Community
Connect is a one stop shop. By dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in Riverside County, seniors can be
connected with a number of services that are available.”
Cooling centers are normally located throughout the county at community centers, libraries,
senior centers and other locations. The cooling centers generally kick off June 1, but these sites
are not prepared for an earlier opening, in part, because of the current response to coronavirus
and the existing restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing requirements.
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