Cooling Centers

During extremely hot days, there is plenty residents can do to stay cool; resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.

Make use of designated County Cooling Centers and take the proper precautions to keep your family and your pets safe.

Cooling Centers

Visit indoor locations during operating hours to stay cool. In addition to shopping malls, stores or movie theaters, you may consider cooling off at one of our county facilities designated as Cooling Centers, including:

  1. Libraries
  2. Community Centers
  3. REC Centers
  4. Government Center and Gerry Hyland Government Center
  5. Our homeless shelters are available for people experiencing homelessness


You are encouraged to first check that locations are open before you arrive.

Consider using the Fairfax Connector BusTracker to plan your visit.


Cooling Centers Map

8 Ways to Beat the Heat

Extreme heat and high humidity can be deadly, slowing evaporation and requiring the body to work harder just to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Overexposure to heat or overexertion (too much exercise or effort) can trigger a heat disorder. Children, older adults, those who are sick or overweight are all at increased risk.

Cooling Assistance Program

The Cooling Assistance program helps keep Fairfax County residents cool during the summer months through:

  • Payment of electric bills to operate cooling equipment.
  • Payment of security deposits for electricity to operate cooling equipment for accounts in danger of being disconnected or when a deposit is needed to begin service.
  • Repair of a central air conditioning system or heat pump.
  • Purchase of a whole-house fan, including ceiling or attic fans.
  • Purchase and installation, or self-pick-up, of one air conditioning unit (window or portable).

To be eligible, at least one household member must be: 60 or older; 5 or younger; or disabled according to Social Security, Medicaid or 100% Veteran’s Administration.

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  • Public Safety, Traffic, Weather Alerts
  • Police Notifications
  • Emergency Preparedness Drills/Exercises
  • Emergency Preparedness Newsletters
  • Functional Needs Registry for Residents with Access and Functional Needs

It's simple. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.


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