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Clark County Warming Locations


The National Weather Service has identified a significant cold weather event for Clark County and our Region. In partnership with Council for the Homeless, and Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, these locations are open during the daytime as warming locations. Please check back frequently as this list may change.

Additional resources and increased shelter capacity are being activated.

Anyone who needs shelter and housing assistance, please direct to or have them contact The

  • Council for the Homeless Housing Hotline at (360) 695-9677.
  • Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm
  • Weekends and holidays from 11am-8pm

Due to COVID-19, please be advised that wearing a face covering may be required at any location.

Below is a known list of places open for individuals and families to get warm during the day. We’ve also plotted them on a map to help you find the location closest to you:

Daytime Warming Centers – Clark County December 2022

In Vancouver

Marshall/Luepke Community Center

1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98663

  • Monday-Thursday – 6 am to 8 pm
  • Friday – 6 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday – 8 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday – CLOSED

Restrooms, drinking fountains, limited lobby seating

Vancouver Community Library

901 C St. Vancouver (On 2, 30, 60, 71, 105. 25,32,and 37 C-Tran Routes)

  • Sunday – Mon 10 am – 6 pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Water Bottle Fill Station, Restrooms, Service animals allowed.

Three Creeks Community Library

800-C NE Tenney Rd, Vancouver (on #9 C-Tran Route)

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Seating, Water, Restrooms

Cascade Park Library

600 NE 136th Ave.

  • Monday- Thursday 9 am-8pm
  • Friday and Saturday 9 am-6pm

Seating, Water, Restrooms, Water Bottle Filling Station

Vancouver Mall Library

Vancouver Mall, Suite 285 Vancouver ( C-Tran Vancouver Mall Transit Center)

  • Monday – Thursday 11 am – 7 pm
  • Friday 11 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Seating

Firstenburg Community Center

700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684

  • Monday-Thursday – 6 am to 8 pm
  • Friday – 6 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday – 8 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday – CLOSED

Restrooms water bottle fill station, limited lobby seating

Water Resources Education Center

4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661

  • Monday through Friday – 10 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday – CLOSED
  • Sunday – CLOSED

In Battle Ground

Battle Ground Library

1207 SE 8th Way

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am-7 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 10 am -6 pm

Seating, Water, Restrooms

In Washougal

Washougal Community Library

1661 C Street, Washougal WA 98671 ( On 92 C-Tran Route)

  • Monday – Saturday 10 am -6 pm

Washougal Community Center

1681 C St, Washougal, WA 98671

  • Monday – Friday 2 pm – 8 pm

Seating, Water, Restrooms

In La Center

La Center Community Library

1411 NE Lockwood Creek Road, La Center

  • Monday – Saturday – 10 am – 6 pm

In Ridgefield

Ridgefield Community Library

210 N Main Avenue, Ridgefield, WA (C-Tran’s The Current on-demand service: https://www.c-tran.com/thecurrent.)

  • Monday 10 am – 6 pm
  • Tuesday, and Wednesday 10 am -7 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Water Bottle Fill Station

In Camas

Camas Public Library

625 NE 4th Avenue, Camas

  • Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

In Yacolt

Yacolt Library Express

Old Yacolt Town Hall ~ 105 E Yacolt Road

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday – 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday – 9 am – 5:30 pm
  • Friday – 9 am – 5:30 pm

Yale Valley Community Library

  • Sunday – 10 am – 6 pm
  • Monday – 9 am – 6 am
  • Tuesday – Thursday – 9 am -7 pm
  • Friday – Saturday – 10 am – 6 pm

In Woodland

Woodland Community Library

770 Park Street, Woodland ( CAP Limited Service www.lowercolumbiacap.org/get-help/transportation/ )

  • Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Seating, Water, Restrooms

Warming Spaces: no referral needed:

  • Vancouver Mall
  • Movie Theaters

Thank you to Clark County Public Health, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, and the Council for the Homeless in partnership with Clark County, the City of Battle Ground, City of Camas, City of Ridgefield, City of La Center, City of Vancouver, City of Washougal, and town of Yacolt to help us coordinate locations throughout Clark County.

Pretend Your Power Goes Out…

Pretending that our power has gone out is not a stretch; recently this has happened twice for wind storms.  When normal frames of reference are gone and it’s nighttime, it’s hard to move around without light.  That lamp that always stays on is out, the porch light and your neighbors lights are out.  That lack of sound from your refrigerator adds to the eerie feeling now to be replaced with scary howling wind.  The TV isn’t there to provide comfort, let alone if you’re watching the World Series, Seahawks or American Idol.  Eating cold Beany Weenies out of a can is not our idea of good dinner, but that’s for another blog post.   If you are on a well that is reliant on electricity or have medically fragile family members you are more vulnerable than others.  Power outage is simply very dark and unsettling.

What did you swear that you were going to do to prepare for the next event and haven’t gotten around to doing?  What’s stopping you?  Perhaps a little encouragement (wink, wink), a reminder of what it’s like to be dark and cold or perhaps its ideas on how to break it down.  Perhaps a reminder that your children, spouse, senior parent and pets depend on you to be prepared.  Like the song says “We Can Help” with encouragement and suggestions, but the truth is that no one is going to make it happen for you but you. 

Imagine how that uneasiness would settle down if you have a plan and you and your family members know where your immediate supplies are for power outages.  Or, if you need motivation, imagine the opposite.  Lets get started. 

Immediate Emergency Lighting. 

Flashlights should be available to grab when the power goes out, kept close by and always in the same place.  At home this might be plug in emergency flashlights/nightlights that illuminate when the power goes out.  You can pick up the previously plugged in, charged (and lightweight) flashlight to maneuver the dark hallways.  This should be enough to take you to your power outage supplies.  (You have these, right?)

Headlamps are favorite choices for hands free and inexpensive emergency lighting.  The one caveat is that they are battery dependent.  Keep the batteries fresh and have spares.  Secure your headlamp to your bed (think about earthquake shaking) and other important places just inside your home entry (might be the front door, could be the door from/to the garage).  Most of these types have built-in tilting heads – keep it tilted down out of others eyesight.    

STOP HERE – If you accept the challenge to improve your preparedness the first part of is up to you.  Start coming up with your own plan and evaluate where you stand on these issues.   We will continue this blog post the on February 6.  You have three weeks – GO!

Will it snow here?

Yes, a little bit of snow is in our forecast. We’ll just have to wait to see if it becomes a reality.

The National Weather Service Portland has issed a Special Weather Statement for our area for some possible winter weather conditions. While the cold air is expected to arrive beginning late Saturday, Sunday and into Monday is our best chance for snow down to the valley floor, if at all.

Please take precautions when traveling later this holiday weekend, pay attention to your local evaluation forecast and spend a little time taking stock of how to prepare for winter weather conditions. Keep your gas tank filled with gas, have emergency supplies both at home and in your car and pick up your needed medications before the weather is expected to arrive. This way you can stay safe and dry inside, regardless of what happens.

We have included links to some of our previous blog articles with some great winter preparedness tips.

Is Your Home Ready For Winter? (2010)
Winter Weather Enroute? (2011)
Winter Weather Advisory Issued (2010)

Stormy Weather is on the Way! Time to Remove Your Leaves.

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The National Weather Service has released a “Special Weather Statement” today that shared information about two upcoming storms which will arrive to the northwest, and specifically SW Washington on both Monday & Tuesday of this next week.

If everything falls together as the National Weather Service predicts, there is the potential for very gusty winds and heavy precipitation, particularly on Tuesday.  If the front stalls over the area on Wednesday, we could see some flooding advisories issued for our rivers & streams.

Since this system is a couple of days away, there is still a fair amount of uncertainty in the weather predictions, so we will update you as the impacts become more clear and additional advisories are issued.

What is known right now?  Leaves have fallen all over SW Washington and in any windy situation, leaves get into storm drains will clog them which can result in very significant high water and localized flooding.  If you have trees that have shed their leaves, consider doing your part to bag them up or remove them so they don’t cause problems for your neighbors with these coming storms.

And if you weren’t aware, there is a FREE COUPON available for leaf disposal in Vancouver and Clark County which can be obtained by clicking on this link here!

Weather Outlook, Watch or Warning?

We may be leaving shedding our coats behind in the afternoons this week, but colder temperatures are right around the corner as our first potential frost is in the forecast. It’s time again to start planning for potential winter weather.

The National Weather Service is recognizing Winter Weather Awareness week in the Pacific Northwest during the week of October 16-22. We really like their latest chart to help distinguish what a Weather Outlook, Watch or Warning means. To see this entire article, or read some of their other information for Winter Weather Awareness week, click here.

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