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Thurston County opens Cooling Centers – Yelm’s to open Tuesday!

Seniors are one demographic at risk during heat waves. So are the homeless.
Credit: The JOLT News.
  • Editor’s note: With the City of Yelm dissolving the council’s Homelessness Committee and Love Abounds Here (our local homeless advocate) has also ceased operations, the cooling center they managed in the Yelm Community Center overnight has also ended.
  • With upper 90s for the next few days, this is very sad!

+ The Olympian: Need a place to escape the heat this weekend? Cooling centers to open in Thurston County

Thurston County Emergency Management is opening cooling centers throughout the county during the heat wave. According to a news release from Thurston County Emergency Management and Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, there will be eight cooling centers available providing indoor, air-conditioned spaces for visitors. An emergency cooling center for those without a place to stay indoors also will be available.

Cooling Center Locations

Yelm Timberland Library is in operation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 210 Prairie Park St.

and Timberland Libraries in Lacey, Hawks Prairie (open daily), Olympia, Tumwater.

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+ From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Temperatures soar, heat resources available

Weekend temperatures in some parts of the state will reach triple-digits. The state Department of Health urges caution, hydration, frequent breaks, and awareness of symptoms of heat illness. During periods of extreme heat, free public cooling centers may open in your area. Dial 2-1-1 or check this online resource to find cooling centers near you. Language assistance is available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded a record number of heat-related deaths in 2023, noting 2024 could be even deadlier. With help from the Climate Commitment Act, Washington is taking steps to help communities deal with extreme temperatures by increasing tree canopy in low-income neighborhoods, and helping thousands more families install heat pumps that efficiently heat and cool homes.

Wildfires are also threatening some Washington communities this weekend. In Wenatchee, local emergency management temporarily evacuated some residential neighborhoods. At least one local fire was sparked by fireworks. Be fire-safe, and opt into local emergency alerts through the Washington Military Department website.

Posted by Steve on July 6, 2024 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

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