City of Seattle increases resources to help residents beat the heat – KIRO 7 News Seattle
SEATTLE – As the Pacific Northwest braces for a heat explosion, the city of Seattle has been opening doors closed since the start of the pandemic to provide heat relief resources.
With an excessive heat warning and record high temperatures in the forecast, the city of Seattle is stepping up heat resources.
“It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be very hot,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
On Monday, the National Weather Service (NWS) predicted a high temperature of 104 degrees – which would shatter the city’s all-time record of 103 degrees set in 2009.
“This is an unprecedented event,” said a spokesperson for the NWS. “Those of us who work with the National Weather Service in Seattle have never seen such forecast data before. “
On Thursday afternoon, Mayor Durkan brought together representatives from several city departments to explain how each would help prepare for and manage high temperatures.
“This will force us to all work together,” said the mayor.
By offering a wide range of services and resources, the goal is to provide residents with heat-related resources that match their needs.
The city is opening several facilities closed since the start of the pandemic to serve as “cooling centers” that can be used for air conditioning, shade and water.
These places include community centers, public libraries, and seniors’ centers.
For the homeless, the city is opening a 24-hour shelter at the Fisher Pavilion (in addition to the shelter at the exhibit hall).
The Seattle Fire Department will also launch two mobile health units to provide water and welfare checks to people on the streets.
“We are still in a bad pandemic so we always have PPE supplies ready and available,” said Phillip Sanders of Financial and Administrative Services. “We have also strategically placed readily available supplies in locations around town so that we have easy access to them during this event.”
The city has also partnered with shopping malls and cinemas in the area to offer discounts for shoppers trying to escape the heat.
When it comes to outdoor activities, Seattle Parks and Recreation is opening wading and wading pools. They are also working to set up more water fountains.
KIRO-7 reported on Wednesday that 80 percent of the city’s park fountains were not working. Asked about a plan to light them, the mayor said the goal was to have at least a hundred flow by the weekend (there are a total of 210 fountains).
The city will continue to assess the situation as the heatwave progresses.
“My only message is, please everyone take care of each other,” said Mayor Durkan. “Be smart, drink plenty of water, don’t tire yourself out, stay in the shade.”
Seattle resource hours and locations can be found on the city website.
You can also find a full list of resources available in the North Sound here.
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