Our area is under an excessive heat watch from Friday through Monday. Please see NOAA’s tips for staying safe in severe heat:
What Admin is doing
Under Tribal Council’s direction, Administration is taking numerous measures to keep our community safe, among them:
- Elders: As it does every year during high heat, Elders is bringing in portable air conditioning units for distribution.
- Social services programs: Staff are checking on vulnerable populations.
- Tiny homes village: Portable AC units and extra water are being brought in.
- Firecracker Alley: Public Safety and Law Enforcement are well aware of the situation. Extra water is being arranged, and additional safety measures are being put into place.
What you can do
Check on loved ones who might need help, such as Elders. “Think about the Elders in your family,” Dr. Alan Shelton, the Tribe’s medical director, said this morning in a call with Administration. “If no one is checking in on them, they might be getting dehydrated or overheated.”
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has additional resources for heat safety
You can get updates on the heat advisory here:
Local places to stay cool
- Pierce County Emergency Management has a list of cooling centers in the county. People who need relief can get a free ride from Pierce Transit during the hot weather: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6226/Heat-Wave-Information
- Metro Parks Tacoma’s four community centers are open to the public during regular hours: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/stay-cool/
- City of Fife is opening a cooling center at the Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave East, Fife, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It will feature bottled water, plus games, a DIY craft station and free wifi in an air conditioned space. No registration or appointment is necessary. Admission is free. Learn more.