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 forecasted cold weather conditions beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020. Low temperatures in the Longview area are predicted to be at or below 35 degrees beginning that night and 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:
- First Christian Church, 2000 E. Kessler Boulevard
- The Baird House / St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1418 22nd Avenue. This shelter is open to youth (17 and under) and to parents with minor children.
- 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.