Medford Opens Downtown Cooling Shelters Starting August 17

Due to high temperatures forecasted, Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun has issued a severe weather event declaration effective for Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18.

The City of Medford is partnering with ACCESS and the Jackson County Library to open and operate a cooling shelter. The cooling shelter will be open on both days from 12 – 8 p.m.

Please note, the shelter location changes on Thursday:

  • Wednesday, August 17: Medford Library – 205 S Central Ave.
  • Thursday, August 18: Merrick (Formerly Inn at the Commons) – 200 N Riverside Ave.

The cooling shelter will provide water, restrooms, snacks, and cooling area and water for pets. Individuals may come and go.

Anyone interested in volunteering or have resources to contribute may email for more information.