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SHA Residents: Staying safe during the heat wave June 2021

SHA Residents: Staying safe during the heat wave June 2021

June 24, 2021

Dear SHA Resident,

With record hot temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees in the coming days, the Seattle Housing Authority encourages you to take the heat warnings seriously and follow public health guidance to take care of yourself and others. In these temperatures it’s easy to get dehydrated and overheated. In extreme cases this can lead to life-threatening heatstroke. In this message we provide links with detailed information on:

  • The dangers and symptoms of getting overheated
  • How to stay cool and hydrated
  • Public places to get cool such as libraries, pools, parks and the Seattle Center Armory
  • General water safety
  • Taking care of children, pets, the elderly, neighbors and others
  • A mini comic book in twelve languages on staying safe in the heat

Please take a moment to click on the following links to access information from Public Health – Seattle and King County and the City of Seattle.

Hot weather: How to stay cool and safe - King County

City of Seattle Issues Guidance for Staying Cool in Warm Weather - Office of the Mayor

In addition, where possible SHA will open community rooms and other common areas that were closed due to COVID to address the upcoming emergency created by the heat wave. This will include air-conditioned community rooms at Seattle Senior Housing and other locations, and common areas at other facilities where fans and increased ventilation may provide relief from hotter individual units. Please note that we are still under a Public Health – Seattle & King County directive and masks and social distancing are required in these indoor SHA spaces.

We are able to open common area cooling spaces at most SHA locations. In a few buildings there may be something preventing us from doing so. If a cooler common area is not open at your location, please consider going to one of the public cooling stations found at the City of Seattle link above.

Stay cool, drink water and stay safe over the next few hot days.

From your friends at SHA