Cooling stations open in North Snohomish County

SMOKEY POINT — North Snohomish County has three air-conditioned locations that will be open to all ages to help them beat the heat.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center, located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd. in Smokey Point, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Arlington City Council Chambers, located at 110 E Third St., will be open from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. The entrance to the Chambers is located on the Olympic Avenue side of the building, adjacent to the City Hall plaza. This cooling station will have bottled water available for no charge, courtesy of the Arlington Safeway and Haggen stores.

Kent Prairie Elementary, located at 8110 207th St. NE in Arlington, will be open from 1-2 p.m.

Unless there is an emergency declaration, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management typically does not make requests to the Red Cross or Salvation Army to open shelters, deferring instead to the cities. Other entities, such as nursing homes or day care facilities, may make such requests, but those don't go through DEM.

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