Emergency and Alert Information

Additional information for the TCC community in the event of an emergency, inclement weather and more. 

Heat Advisory in Effect  - July 9 & 10, 2024 

Update (July 9, 2024): The National Weather Service has extended its Heat Advisory to 5 p.m., July 10 due to warm temperatures expected in urban areas.

The Tacoma-area weather is heating up; forecasters are expecting temperatures around 96 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, July 9.  You’re invited to keep cool at TCC, along with your friends and family members. The college has two Cooling Centers set up to help you beat the heat. 

Students who need a cool and quiet place to study are invited to head to the Building 7 Library when the temperature soars. Student, employees and their friends and family members are invited to head to the Building 11 Student Center.

The cooling centers will provide a low-temperature environment and cold drinks. 

A few things to note: 

  • The Building 7 Cooling Center is for current students who want to work in a quiet space only. Friends and family members are welcome to go to Building 11.
  • TCC does not allow animals in buildings, except for service animals. Please leave your pets at home and refer to these safety tips about caring for pets during hot weather.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, and other symptoms, please do not enter the cooling centers.
  • The cooling centers will be open once the outside temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit and will close each day at 5:00 pm.
Can’t Make it to the TCC Cooling Centers?

This comprehensive list of cooling centers around Pierce County can help you find a location near you. 

Keep your family safe with these tips:

If you need to spend time outside.

  • Seek shade. Limit the time you’re in direct sunlight.
  • Shift outdoor activities to the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
  • Wear a wet scarf, bandana or shirt. This helps cool you quickly.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and lots of sugar—they dehydrate you.

Reduce heat indoors.

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Trap heat with closed doors. If one room gets hotter than other parts of your home, close the doors to keep the heat trapped in that room.
  • Turn off the lights and limit electronics use. These devices create heat.
  • Use your oven or stove less. Cooking with heat increases the temperature inside.
  • Put a bowl of ice under a fan. The fan can circulate air cooled by the ice.
  • If possible, stay on the lowest floor. If you are in a multi-story unit, the lowest level stays the coolest.
  • Stay inside during the hottest times of the day— afternoon and early evening.
  • Eat light meals. Avoid hot and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Take cool showers or baths.

Take care of your community.

  • Check on your elderly neighbors and relatives. Encourage them to keep cool and hydrated.
  • Never leave children, people with mobility challenges, or pets in parked cars.
  • Water temperatures in Puget Sound can be dangerously cold. Choose a safer location to swim—visit a local pool or beach with a lifeguard on duty and always wear a life jacket and follow these tips on injury prevention

Stay cool, Titans! 

Sign up for emergency notifications

The TCC Alert emergency notification system is operated by Omnilert. You must "opt-in" to this service. You will be notified in the case of an emergency, such as campus closures, inclement weather and more. You must select how you want to be notified via text and/or email (we highly recommend both, especially text, for the most timely notification). If you haven't checked on your account recently, we encourage you to do so to ensure your contact info is up-to-date. 

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Inclement weather: Decisions are usually made the night before or by 5:30am on the day operations are affected. Please note that unanticipated weather or emergency conditions may alter this schedule. It is our goal to notify the community as early as possible. 

Emergency situation: You will receive a TCC Alert via text and email. Follow those instructions. More information will follow via TCC Alert and on TCC FacebookTwitter, website and this webpage, email and our hotline at 253-460-2001. Check those channels frequently for updates. We encourage you to become familiar with all of these communication channels before an incident takes place.

Emergency Responses 

Actions to take in the case of an emergency 


Safety Links


TCC Public Information Officers

Tamyra Howser, Executive Director, Marketing + Communications
Phone: 253-566-6050
Email: thowser@tacomacc.edu

Rachel Payne, Senior Communication Specialist
Phone: 253-460-4381
Email: rpayne@tacomacc.edu