Determination of severe weather event

Determination of severe weather event

Pursuant to Ordinance No. 3357 adopted by the Longview City Council and codified as LMC 7.30, Severe Weather Shelters, City Manager Kurt Sacha has determined that a severe weather event is imminent based on forecasted hot weather conditions beginning Saturday, June 26, 2021. High temperatures are currently predicted by the National Weather Service to be near or above 100 degrees.

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 operations/availability or if they plan to be open):

 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. Youth seeking severe weather shelter services may call Janus Youth Programs at 360-703-8327.

City Manager Sacha has authorized the Community Development Department/Building Official 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 the Building Official 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.