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Inclement Weather Resources

Lighthouse Activity Center Activated in response to Air Quality in Tacoma

The City works with Korean Women’s Association (KWA) to operate a cooling and air quality relief center when temperatures are above 90 degree Fahrenheit at Lighthouse Activity Center (5016 A Street).

  • The center will be open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. when temperature forecast is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Or Puget Sound Clean Air Agency declares air quality as unhealthy for sensitive groups throughout the summer.
  • The center can accommodate 50 people at a time and is open to walk-ins on a first come, first served basis.
  •  N95 masks will be available at the center for people.
  • Masks are encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

City of Tacoma Urges Residents to Prepare for Heat

Excessive heat can be dangerous to all people, and older adults, people with health concerns and children are at a greater risk.

Know the symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Fainting or passing out
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache

If a person has these symptoms, they should cease activity, move to a cooler location and seek medical attention. Elders and children are the most susceptible, so checking on elderly neighbors and keeping children out of the sun is important.

Don’t leave children, dependent adults or pets in parked vehicles.

Temperatures can quickly climb to a level that can result in death. If you see a person or pet left in a parked vehicle during hot weather call 911 and stay with the vehicle until it is resolved.


The City is continuing to conduct outreach to unhoused neighbors

We are continuing to connect them with shelter and resources and is providing bottled water to people living unsheltered during weekdays when temperatures are excessive.


Things to do to keep cool:

  • Metro Parks Tacoma's 10 spraygrounds are open daily from 10 am-8 pm. For the most up-to-date information on all Metro Parks Tacoma’s services, visit them at metroparkstacoma.org/staycool253
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Drink water (people and pets)
  • Plan trips to places with air conditioning, including libraries, grocery shopping, etc.
  • Keep your house cool – shut windows and blinds during the day, and open windows and use fans to cool the house once the temperature outside declines.
  • If you plan to go to the water to cool off, please remember that even when it is hot outside, people can die of hypothermia in the water if core body temperature drops below 93 degrees Fahrenheit.

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