The County operates the Cool Zones program and has designated more than 115 air-conditioned buildings as cooling centers. Locations and hours of operation can be found on a new interactive map on CoolZones.org or by dialing 2-1-1.
The County's Aging & Independence Services is coordinating this special effort. To locate the Cool Zone site nearest you, call for location information or click here to view a PDF list of all participating Cool Zone sites in San Diego County.
Cool Zone sites, mostly located in the hottest areas of the county, help older adults and others keep cool and save energy costs.
In the summer, the County designates Cool Zone sites, air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.
Residents can use officially sanctioned Cool Zones to escape the heat and rest up before going back outside.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob created the Cool Zone idea out of concern for seniors and disabled persons with health problems that could be complicated by the effects of heat.
Aging and Independence Services offers Cool Zones to help older adults keep cool during hot summer days. But there are other things people can do to beat the heat:
For more information send us an email or phone 800-510-2020.