Mayor Ed Murray issues statement regarding incident on SR-99 bridge

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/24/2015

Mayor Ed Murray issues statement regarding incident on SR-99 bridge

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement:

"Seattle had a terrible tragedy today. There has been loss of life and dozens of injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, those injured and their loved ones,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “People are being treated at area hospitals. We believe the bus was carrying international students and we’re reaching out to Consulates,” he said.

“For residents and visitors, this is going to create significant traffic delays throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  I urge commuters to use alternative routes and adjust their plans accordingly,” he said.

“The Aurora Avenue Bridge will remain closed and may remain closed into the evening commute. To accommodate rerouted traffic, the Fremont Avenue Bridge will remain open to street traffic, but closed to boat openings for the time-being.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department will continue to provide updates on social media throughout the day.

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Cooling shelters locations announced ahead of heat wave

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/25/2015

Cooling shelters locations announced ahead of heat wave

SEATTLE - The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Seattle and surrounding areas from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. The City of Seattle is providing information and public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.  

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. 
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Libraries


The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.
  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) - 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) - 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) - 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) - 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) - 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) - 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) - 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) - 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) - 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) - 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) - 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) - 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) - 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) - 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) - 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) - 206-684-4088

Seattle Center (View the campus map PDF at http://www.seattlecenter.com/downloads/sc_map_color_gates.pdf) – 206-684-7200

  • Seattle Center Armory (Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain
  • Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain)

Senior Centers
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service Senior Center (3639 Martin Luther King Way S.)
  • Sunshine Garden Chinese Senior Community Center (611 S. Lane St.) housed in the Chinese Information and Service Center.

Pools and Water Areas

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue
  • E.C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Mon/Tue/Wed
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th St., noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.

Daily Water Spray Parks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

Lifeguarded Beaches  (noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
  • Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.
  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S

Outdoor Pools

  • “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd Ave. W, daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., call 206-684-4708 for public swim times
  • Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., call 206-684-7494 for public swim times

Additional resources

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Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response to potential traffic impacts

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2015

Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response to potential traffic impacts

SEATTLE (May 2, 2015) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray activated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:30 a.m. this morning to provide support to the city and coordinate response to potential traffic impacts for events and marches planned for today.

The City of Seattle also activated the Joint Information Center (JIC) in support of EOC Operations. Please direct all media inquiries to the JIC using 206-233-5072.

-MoS-

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Seattle stands down Emergency Operations Center after day of peaceful marches and events

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2015

Seattle stands down Emergency Operations Center after day of peaceful marches and events

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray deactivated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 4 p.m. this afternoon. The EOC was activated at 11:30 a.m. to provide support to the City and coordinate response for potential traffic impacts for planned events and marches.

The Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation will continue to monitor the peaceful marches for any impacts to traffic this evening.

The Joint Information Center (JIC) media lines are now shut down.

-MoS-

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Mayor Ed Murray provides May Day update

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/1/2015

Mayor Ed Murray provides May Day update

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015, 8:25 p.m.) – The Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is recommending that Capitol Hill residents and businesses take precautions as protests in the neighborhood have erupted into several incidents of violence.

"As we continue to witness acts of violence from protesters, we urge folks on Capitol Hill to exercise caution," said Mayor Ed Murray. "Seattle Police are advising that businesses on Broadway and other Capitol Hill streets should take reasonable precautions to protect their employees and customers. Police will continue to work to protect people and property in the area, and will make arrests when necessary."

Protesters have been seen throwing bricks, overturning dumpsters, and wielding sticks and other weapons.

As of 8:15 p.m., three police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters. Several protesters have been arrested.

EOC will provide further updates throughout the evening.

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Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to provide support to the Ferguson Solidarity March and Rally

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/25/2014

Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to provide support to the Ferguson Solidarity March and Rally

SEATTLE (November 25, 2014) To help facilitate a peaceful march today, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray activated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 9:30 a.m. on November 25, 2014. The EOC will provide coordination amongst multiple departments during a solidarity march led by local faith leaders. This march is currently expected to start at 11:30 a.m. in the Central District of Seattle and is permitted by the city.

The City traditionally activates the Emergency Operations Center during parades, demonstrations, weather events and any time strong coordination across multiple City departments is beneficial.

The City of Seattle also activated the Joint Information Center (JIC) in support of EOC Operations. Please direct all media inquiries to the JIC using 206-233-5072.

Most mayoral press conferences are broadcast live to the web by Seattle Channel at www.seattle.gov/mayorlive.

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Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to coordinate potential Ferguson impacts

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/2014

Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to coordinate potential Ferguson impacts

SEATTLE (November 24, 2014) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray activated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6 p.m. on November 23, 2014. The EOC will provide support to the city and coordination with other departments for possible activities related to the Grand Jury announcement in Ferguson, MO.

"Seattle has a reputation as a city where people express their beliefs and values publicly and safely. It's our job to support people when they do this," said Seattle Emergency Operations Director Barb Graff. "We understand some demonstrations may happen organically and we will support these events as they happen."

The City traditionally activates the Emergency Operations Center during parades, demonstrations, weather events and any time strong coordination across multiple City departments is beneficial.

The City of Seattle also activated the Joint Information Center (JIC) in support of EOC Operations. Please direct all media inquiries to the JIC using 206-233-5072.

Most mayoral press conferences are broadcast live to the web by Seattle Channel at www.seattle.gov/mayorlive.

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Wind, Trees Cause Power Outages in NE Seattle

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/2/2014

About 9,800 Homes, Businesses Affected

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light crews were working to restore service to about 9,800 homes and businesses Tuesday evening after high winds blew trees into power lines in Northeast Seattle.

The outages affected customers from Wedgwood to Lake City. An initial estimate for restoration of service was set for 7:20 p.m.

Updates on restoration are available online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/5/2014

Anticipation builds as fans line up to celebrate the Seahawks in downtown Seattle today

Today Seattle will officially honor the Seahawks, back from their victory at the Super Bowl in New Jersey.  Everyone is invited to turn out and cheer the champions as they head south  down Fourth Avenue through downtown in a parade, to include the Seahawks players, head Coach Pete Carroll, coaching staff, Sea Gals, Bliz, and the Blue Thunder drumline, as well as local elected officials.  The celebration will begin at Denny Way at 11 a.m. and will continue down Fourth to the sports stadiums. 

The City of Seattle expects unprecedented numbers of fans to turn out, and people already are positioning themselves along sidewalks early this morning, hours ahead of time, to secure a front row seat, in spite of temperatures below freezing.  The Seattle Office of Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8 a.m., which is standard practice during large parades.

Please be respectful of each other and private property during the parade. Law enforcement is working hard to keep the streets safe, but if you see something, please say something to an officer around the route. We want this to be a fun, joyous celebration honoring the team and the 12s.

A heavier than usual volume of traffic built early this morning on inbound routes, and is expected to continue, leading up to the event. Heavy traffic is also expected on outbound routes following the parade, continuing into the evening as people head for home following rallies at the sports stadiums.

Public transit is also carrying an especially large number of passengers headed into downtown this morning, expected to continue throughout the morning, and then on outbound routes after the event and into the evening. Some transit will be rerouted due to street closures for the parade. Transit providers have added some extra service for this big day.  For schedules, please refer to the website for the transit service providers—King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit.

The parade route will be closed at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen as the parade passes through. On-street parking will be restricted along the parade route on Fourth Avenue, and also on intersecting streets between Third and Fifth avenues. Finding parking will be a challenge, so spectators may want to park outside of downtown and walk into the event. Carpooling in addition to transit will be a good choice, as well as walking or bicycling where possible.

Fans are advised to dress warm for waiting outdoors in freezing temperatures. Carrying a bottle of water and snacks would be wise.  Please remember coaches and players won’t be signing autographs and fans shouldn’t approach the vehicles in the parade.

Use the following links to plan a fun and safe Seahawks celebration:

This release is available online at http://alerts.seattle.gov/2014/02/05/anticipation-builds-as-fans-line-up-to-celebrate-the-seahawks-in-downtown-seattle-today/.

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As giant parade winds down: patience, patience, patience

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/5/2014 As giant parade winds down: patience, patience, patience

 

SEATTLE —  As one of the largest — and most exuberant — parades in Seattle history winds down, Seattle, public safety officials are urging people to continue exercising patience as they head back home.

“Seahawks fans have been their usual well-behaved, patient and loud selves, braving freezing temperatures and treating the team and each other with respect,” said Barb Graff, director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management.

“Now, as folks are getting ready to leave for home, we are asking them to remember: it took six or seven hours for everyone to get downtown for the parade; and it will likely take at least that long for transportation systems to return to normal.

“Above all, please be kind out there today,” Graff said. “The 12s keep proving we are all MVPs.”

With an extra 700,000 people in downtown Seattle today, phone and internet traffic is heavy; so Seattle officials ask everyone who can to stay off their phones and computers to help keep 911 lines open.

The amazing 12s can continue to help celebrate Seahawks victory by:

  • Staying calm and patient
  • Limit use of mobile phones and web access so important 911 calls can get through
  • Consider staying downtown and going home later – lots of great restaurants nearby
  • Walk home or to nearby neighborhoods
  • Check on each other
Use the following links to plan your exit from downtown Seattle:

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Counting on the 12s: Go Hawks

We’re lucky to have the best 12 fans in the country. The City of Seattle and the Seattle Seahawks encourage every fan to act responsibly before, during, and after the game. With all eyes on Seattle, let’s honor our city and the spirit of our outstanding team.    Please don’t forget to celebrate safely this […] Read more »

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/1/2013

City of Seattle offers services during heat wave

SEATTLE - The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave.

"Hot weather isn't frequent in Seattle, so it's important that we make sure we're enjoying it safely," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool."

Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the day. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City's libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief to today's record-breaking heat. See the lists below.

When you're outside, limit the time you're in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy. Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals' feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. 
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird's cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

LIBRARIES

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) - 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) - 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) - 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) - 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) - 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) - 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) - 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) - 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) - 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) - 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) - 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) - 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) - 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) - 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) - 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) - 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) - 206-684-4088

 

SEATTLE CENTER (View the campus map - Acrobat PDF)

  • Armory Center House (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open 24/7)

 

SENIOR CENTERS

The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)

Additional resources


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