With the onset of a heatwave expected this weekend, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is responding by informing residents of county-wide cooling stations to ensure that residents that are in need of such a service can go to these locations to make sure they are safe from the effects of this extreme heat.

McLaughlin stated “I want to inform the residents of Rensselaer County of these cooling stations so that if they need a place to beat the heat we have resources in place to do just that.  I’m am also asking our residents and community partners to make sure that persons who are at risk are aware of these cooling stations and that they monitor them during this period of extreme weather. I am also reminding our residents to check in with your friends, family and neighbors during this heatwave to make sure of their well being and safety.  Of course, if you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call 9-1-1 immediately.”

In addition to these community cooling stations, keep in mind our  precious natural resources like Grafton Lakes State Park, Dyken Pond Environmental Center and other park/swimming locations that are available throughout the county; please visit and click on the What to Do page for more information. Finally, another good way to escape the heat is by visiting one of the many restaurant and retail locations throughout the county, not only will you remain cool, but you will be supporting our great local businesses.

The Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety has launched an app for smartphones that provides users up-to-date alerts and notifications, as well mapped locations of cooling centers throughout the county. To download the app visit the iTunes or Google Play store on your smartphone and search Prepare Rensselaer.

Attached to this press release are the locations of the Cooling Stations throughout Rensselaer County for residents to advantage of this weekend.

Rensselaer County Cooling Stations by Municipality