Monterey Park, Calif. – September 1, 2017 – The City of Monterey Park is issuing another Excessive Heat Warning meaning that this period of dangerously hot temperatures will continue. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. The Monterey Park Langley Senior Center located at 400 W. Emerson serves as a Cooling Center during heat waves such as this. The center has extended the operating time and will now be open from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. through Monday, September 4th, 2017.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2017. Consumers are urged to conserve electricity, especially during the afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 1 p.m. and after 10 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.
Forecasts now project record demand load on Friday and all available resources are online and ready to respond. Power supply conditions will be tight Friday and so will natural gas supplies in Southern California. The Southern California Gas Company and the ISO are following the processes established to manage gas supply in the LA Basin during the limitations placed on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. The generation fleet has performed well so far during this prolonged heat wave without any major outages. The ISO’s service territory serves about 80 percent of California’s electricity consumers.
For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO’s Flex Alert website at http://www.flexalert.org/save-energy .
Division Chief Matt Hallock, PIO