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July 29, 2022


A hippo cools off in the water.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week has been a scorcher! While it hasn’t been as extreme as the heat dome we experienced last summer, this week’s heat wave serves as an important reminder that as climate change continues to impact our seasons and weather systems, we need to be prepared. Hot weather can exacerbate chronic conditions and put our most vulnerable communities at risk, especially those who don’t have shelter and those with disabilities. This is especially relevant as July 26th marked the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which ensures civil rights protections for people with disabilities. More info about the ADA anniversary is here.

Emergency information, such as which cooling centers are open and what to do in extremely hot weather, can be found at:

If you are in a place where you can’t open the windows or access air conditioning, Public Health - Seattle and King County has a blog post for you! Available in English and Spanish, these posts will give you some strategies to cope.

As I mention further on in the newsletter, too, the King County Council will be on summer recess for the next two weeks. Some of my staff will be taking some well-deserved vacation time, so our enews will not be sent out next week and will be abbreviated during the week of August 8th-12th.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at  

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.