(KRON) — The City of Oakland is helping it’s homeless population through this week’s heat wave in a new way, according to the city’s website.
Misting stations to help people keep cool have been set up at four different homeless encampments around Oakland as well as at eight public libraries across the city. The city says this is the first time it has provided this resource. The full list of misting stations can be found on the City of Oakland website.
According to the CDC, homeless populations can be at the greatest risk of illness during heat waves, ”especially if they are elderly or disabled, struggle with alcohol or drug addiction, or suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or mental illness.”
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Misting stations are available in the following locations across Oakland:
- Eastlake Community Cabins (E 12th Street and 1st Avenue)
- Mandela Community Cabins North
- Mandela Community Cabins South
- 34th and Wood Street
- Outside Northgate Community Cabins (staffing pending) (27th Street & Northgate)
KRON4 has been tracking the record temperatures our area has seen so far this week, and the heat is expected to reach a peak today. A Flex Alert has been issued for the seventh consecutive day, and the Bay Area is seeing thousands of customers impacted by power outages.