Here’s how Thurston County is helping residents during this heat wave. You can help too

Forecasters expect highs in the 80s for a week starting Sunday, and such heat can be dangerous for those without access to air conditioning.

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners sent out a news release Friday declaring a two-day, two-night Hazardous Weather Event for Sunday and Monday. The release says Thurston County Homeless Service Providers will offer several options for people living outside to escape the heat and stay hydrated.

A daytime Emergency Cooling Center will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Sergio’s Place, 3444 Martin Way NE. Pets are welcome at the center.

Partners in Prevention Education will be visiting encampments to provide supplies.

Both organizations are in need of donations of water, sunscreen, aloe, sports drinks and snacks, according to the release. They will be accepted both Sunday and Monday during operating hours at Sergio’s Place. Contact Sam Bubenzer with Interfaith Works at 360-706-2287 or samuel.bubenzer@iwshelter.org for more information about donations and the cooling center.

There will be other shelter options available during the emergency hazardous weather declaration. Union Gospel Mission accepts single adults, and Family Support Center’s Pear Blossom Place is open for families with children. Community Youth Services is available for those ages 18 to 24.

For more information on shelters, contact the Thurston County Shelter Hotline at 1-844-628-7343.