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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Determination of severe weather event

Pursuant to Ordinance No. 3357 codified as LMC 7.30, Severe Weather Shelters, City Manager Kurt Sacha has determined that a severe weather event is imminent based on poor air quality conditions beginning today, September 14, 2020. Poor air quality in the Longview area is expected for the next several days.

Among other things, the determination of a severe weather event enables permitted severe weather shelters to begin operating. The following are permitted severe weather shelters in Longview at this time (please check with individual shelters for availability):

  • First Christian Church, 2000 E. Kessler Boulevard
  • St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 202 Washington Street. This shelter is open to youth (17 and under) and to parents with minor children. (Please note the address change.)
  • Cowlitz Family Health Center, 831 – 12th Avenue. This shelter is open for DAY use only, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

City Manager Sacha has authorized Community Development Director/Building Official John Brickey to issue temporary use permits for any buildings for which severe weather shelter designation may be sought and which, upon inspection, are determined to meet basic building safety standards for temporarily housing persons by Mr. Brickey and Fire Marshall Jon Dunaway. There is no fee for a temporary use permit for a severe weather shelter, and a permit may be valid for a period of 365 days.

For more information on permitted severe weather shelters, please contact the Community Development Department at 360.442.5087.

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