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King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

Enhanced 9-1-1 Program
Seattle, WA
E-911 program office

Nov. 23, 2010

King County Office of Emergency Management offers safety tips for staying warm during the first cold snap of the winter


With the first winter storm of the season under way and temperatures expected to stay low through Wednesday, King County and the several cities have opened warming centers and overnight shelters for homeless populations:

King County Winter Shelters

YWCA Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women (open nightly, all winter season)
2030 3rd Avenue Belltown (between Lenora & Virginia)
9:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Capacity: 40
Serves women only

County Administrative Building (open nightly, all winter season)
500 4th Avenue, Seattle
Hours of operation: 9:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.
Capacity: 50
Serves men only


City Hall (Reopened: Dec 6-26)
  Located on 4th Avenue between James and Cherry Streets
  Seattle, WA
  Doors open at 9:00 p.m.
  Capacity: 75
  Serves men, women and families
  Contact 206-684-0231

Frye Hotel (Reopened: Dec 6-26)
  Located on 3rd and Yesler
  Seattle, WA
  Open at 8:00 p.m.
  Capacity: 25
  Serves only women
  Contact 206-684-0231

Seattle Center - Pavilion B (CLOSED)
  Located next to Key Arena - use east entrance
  Opens at 9 p.m.
  Capacity 100
  Serves men and women


Les Gove Park (CLOSED)
1020 Deals Way, Auburn
Hours: 8 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Capacity: 20+
Men and women
In cooperation with Auburn Food Bank


Crossroads Community Center (CLOSED)
16000 NE 10th St.
Bellevue, WA
Hours of operation: 8:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Capacity: 50
Serves men, women and families

Federal Way

New Hope Christian Fellowship Church (CLOSED)
31411 6th Ave S
Federal Way
Open 24 hrs
Capacity: 25/expandable
Men and Women


Kent Lutheran Church (CLOSED)
336 2nd Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032-5849
Hours: 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Capacity: 50 
Priority is given to homeless families with children, also available for single women and men
Operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers

Vashon Island

Penny Farcy Fire Training Center (CLOSED)
10019 SW Bank Rd
Vashon Island
Open 5pm

If necessary:
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (CLOSED)
15420 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island

The King County Office of Emergency Management offers the following tips for staying safe during cold weather:

Cold weather safety tips

  1. When the snow begins to fall, road conditions can deteriorate very quickly. Drive only if necessary and limit travel to daylight hours if at all possible. Keep others informed of your schedule and route, and stay on main roads. Register for King County road alerts.
  2. If you ride the bus, register for transit alerts and check our timetable for snow routes.
  3. Protect your pets by keeping them warm, dry and sheltered with access to non-frozen water.
  4. Insulate pipes and wrap outdoor faucets with towels and plastic bags to keep them from freezing.
  5. Be aware that power failures and other service disruptions may occur. Keep a battery operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
  6. Never use charcoal grills, gas grills, or generators indoors, because they can cause a buildup of dangerous carbon monoxide gas which can lead to poisoning or even death.
  7. When leaving the house, dress in layers and wear warm clothing, including a hat, gloves and sturdy footwear, even if just running a quick errand.

Stay informed

Listen to local radio and television stations for information on possible school delays and other weather related updates. Subscribe to the regional public information network ( for news bulletins and emergency alerts. Find more winter weather preparedness tips and resources links at

Information on open warming centers can be found on the King County Office of Emergency Management home page,

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