Emergency and Alert Information

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

Situation Updates - Aug. 17, 2023 

Per the National Weather Service, a heat advisory for the  South Sound area remains in effect, with temperatures expected to hit the mid-90s on both Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 before falling back down into the high 80s on Thursday, August 17.  You’re invited to keep cool at TCC, along with your friends and family members. The college has set up three Cooling Centers to help you beat the heat: Two on the Tacoma campus and one at the Gig Harbor campus.


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

Gig Harbor:

Students, employees and their friends and family members are invited to head to the Gig Harbor campus at 3993 Hunt St. NW.

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

A few things to note:

  • TCC does not allow animals in buildings, except for service animals. Here are safety tips about caring for pets during hot weather.
  • The cooling centers will be open during regular college hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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. 

Sign up for TCC alerts

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