Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sheriff advises residents dealing with hot weather

As deputy director of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services (OES), Sheriff John D’Agostini is working with El Dorado County Public Health officials to provide relief from the hot weather the county is experiencing.

Recently, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the county Office of Emergency Services developed a plan to inform county residents of the dangers that accompany the hot weather, and ways to combat the effect of the heat.

To accomplish this, Health and Human Services prepared and distributed a news release identifying cool zones that can be utilized to provide relief from the heat, for those that don’t have adequate air conditioning.

In the news release the Health and Human Services Agency advised that senior residents may want to consider visiting the senior centers in Placerville or El Dorado Hills for a cool visit.

The Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Placerville County libraries are other cool places for people to go. The libraries are open Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 7 p.m.

The libraries are located at:

• Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville
• Cameron Park Branch, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park
• El Dorado Hills Branch, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills.

Additionally, the Community Resource Center, located at 1867 Broadway in Placerville, is open from 9 .a.m to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. The Upper Room Dining Hall, located at 1868 Broadway in Placerville, is open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and is also a good place to cool down.

The complete Health and Human Services Agency news release contains further valuable information and can be viewed at the county Website edcgov.us or the sheriff’s Website at edcgov.us/Sheriff.

Coincidentally that same day (July 1), a wildland fire near a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. electrical supply substation in Shingle Springs, required PG&E  personnel to de-energize the substation around 4:45 p.m. This caused a power outage to over 40,000 customers from Shingle Springs to Pollock Pines, at the hottest time of the day.

Immediately the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center began receiving calls from concerned citizens regarding the lack of power to their air conditioning resources. Most of the cooling zones identified in the Health and Human Services Agency’s news release were without power also.

Concerned for the welfare of those affected, Sheriff D’Agostini’s Office of Emergency Services Section arranged the establishment of cooling centers powered by generators. Two generator-powered cooling centers were opened up in the Placerville area — one at the county fairgrounds and the other at the Placerville Town Hall.

The El Dorado Hills library still had power and was upgraded from a cooling zone to a cooling center.

The California State Office of Emergency Services was notified of the situation and the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services was put on standby to provide additional cooling centers, if necessary.

The PG&E substation in Shingle Springs was re-energized by 7 p.m. and power was restored to all the affected power outage areas in the county. The cooling centers were deactivated, however, the originally identified cooling zones are once again available for those in need.

D’Agostini will continue to monitor the hot weather conditions and is prepared to react to any eventuality that may occur.

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