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Delivering lifesaving resources to our most vulnerable residents.

UPDATED: 08/19/2022

Last month we saw record-setting temperatures throughout Pierce County. We acted fast to prevent heat-related illness for our most vulnerable residents.

When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illness rises. Adults over age 60, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

During heat waves this summer, we’ve brought lifesaving resources to those who need it most. We:

  • Delivered more than 200 box fans and wildfire smoke filters to local shelters.
  • Distributed more than 1,000 cooling towels to partners who support people experiencing homelessness.
  • Provided tips and tools for vulnerable groups like people in correctional facilities, children attending childcares and day camps, and agricultural workers.
  • Attended community events, sharing tip sheets on how to stay cool and recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness.

Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army Tacoma Citadel Corps, Dr. Douglas Jarvie said, “Thanks so much for the fans! We definitely need them for our residents’ rooms.”

Our FAN-tastic work ahead.

Summer heat waves won’t go away, but we will continue to find ways to help our community beat the heat! Through our ongoing heat prevention planning, we will:

  • Develop internal procedures to better manage weather-related emergencies—extreme heat, cold weather, and floods.
  • Survey adult family homes to determine their heat-reduction needs.
  • Track emergency room data to better understand which neighborhoods are most impacted when a heat event strikes.

You can prevent heat-related illness and death.

Summers may be getting hotter—but we’re here to keep you safe. When the weather heats up, we’re here to bring valuable information and resources to those who need it most.

You can take precautions to protect yourself and help reduce heat-related visits to local emergency rooms.

  • Keep cool.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit the time you’re in direct sunlight.

Learn more about how to stay safe when the weather heats up at

UPDATED: 08/19/2022