Portland police checking on people out in the extreme heat
Posted August 2
PORTLAND, OR — As the weather heats up, Portland police say they'll have officers out making sure members of the community are OK, especially those whose health and safety are impacted by extreme temperatures.
FOX 12 rode along with officers on Tuesday as they checked up on people.
Officers were trying to get some people who normally stay on the streets into housing. Officers were also handing out bottled water.
Several people asked the officers about cooling shelters, and for the most part, everyone was staying in the shade as best they could.
FOX 12 spoke with one woman who says she was homeless for 10 years and knows what it's like to face extreme temperatures.
"It's a little hotter than I prefer it in Oregon. We're gonna try to stay cool and have lots of water," said Lisa. "Officers brought us some water which is nice."
"They really appreciate it because, literally, they are here, they don't want to walk around because it's hot out," said Officer Ryan Engweiler. "Just by us driving around giving them the water, giving them the information, they really appreciate it."
Police want to remind anyone looking for shelter to call 211 to find a location, or visit the Multnomah County website.
They also recommend checking on elderly neighbors, traveling with extra water, and don't leave children or pets in a hot car.
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