Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cooling Centers in the Clark County area

UPDATED as of 26 JUNE 15 at 4:30 pm: 

The excessive heat warning issued by NWS is upon us. Please read below for additional info.

·        Cooling centers available in Clark County are listed below.

        Latest National Weather Service forecast: Excessive heat warning remains in effect until 5 am  Sunday 28 June. Daytime high temps to hit 95 and 105 on Saturday. Nighttime low temperatures:  from 60 - 70 degrees. 


Public Health and emergency management officials urge residents to protect themselves from heat during the forecasted hot spell, when regional temperatures are predicted to hit 100 degrees and remain hot for the next week.

Heat-related problems are preventable,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. “We are encouraging people to avoid or limit physical activity outdoors, take shelter in air-conditioned buildings, and drink plenty of fluids. Elderly people and the very young are especially vulnerable during periods of intense or prolonged heat.”

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) has contacted community partners to set up cooling centers.

In Vancouver they are:

      •  Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m;               Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

     •  Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd.; Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to            9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday.

  • Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned option for exploring our natural resources, from aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place.  Regular Water Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Additionally, cooling stations are now available at Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street and other locations to provide relief from the expected high temperatures. 

       •  Washougal municipal complex, 1701 C St., Washougal; City Hall, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5            p.m.
  •     Washougal Library at 1661 C St. Washougal, WA 98671 -  Saturday 10-6         

  •    Washougal Community Center - Sunday 2-6

     In Battle Ground:
  •          Battle Ground Community Center for a cooling shelter, next week, starting Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 2 from 8 am to 8 pm @ 912 E. Main Street.

Keep in mind, local malls, libraries, and community recreation centers are all good locations to take shelter from the heat and hot weather. And Vancouver Parks and Recreation has a fantastic interactive map for locating parks with potable water access.

Visit their website here:

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