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Office of Emergency Management

King County Office of Emergency Management
3511 NE 2nd Street
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056
ecc.kc@kingcounty.gov

Enhanced 911 Program
Seattle, WA
206-296-3910
E-911 program office

Jan. 14, 2012

Cold weather shelter status and safety tips for staying warm (updated Jan. 24, 2012)

With cold weather and snow in the forecast, King County and local jurisdictions have opened severe weather shelters

UPDATED - JAN. 24, 2012 - CURRENT STATUS

General population dormitory shelters operated and supported by the American Red Cross

Black Diamond

Black Diamond Community Center (closed)
  31605 3rd Avenue/Hwy 169
  Operated by the City of Black Diamond - material support provided by the American Red Cross

Federal Way

Federal Way Community Center (closed)
  876 South 333rd Street
  Operated by the American Red Cross

Issaquah

Issaquah Community Center (closed)
  301 Rainer Boulevard South
  Operated by the American Red Cross

NOTE: Anyone seeking shelter should bring:
-Prescription and emergency medications.
-Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, toiletries, important documents and other comfort items.
-For families with infants and children, remember to bring items such as diapers, formula and toys.
-Animals, except for service animals are not allowed at the shelters.

The following warming centers are available to the general public to take refuge from the cold

King County Warming Centers

King County Libraries (open until further notice)
click here for specific locations and hours

Auburn

Auburn City Hall (open)
  25 West Main St.
  Operating hours: Until 5:00 p.m.

Auburn Senior Activity Center (open) 
  808 9th St. SE
  Operating hours: Until 5:00 p.m.


Bellevue

Crossroads Community Center (closed)
  16000 NE 10th St.
  Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

North Bellevue (closed)
  4063 148th Ave
  Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Highland (closed)
  14224 Bel-Red Road
  Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lewis Creek Park (closed)
  5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE
  Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

South Bellevue (closed)
  14509 SE Newport Way
  Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center (closed)
  1625 118th Ave.
  Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Covington

Covington Christian Fellowship (closed)
  26201 180th Avenue SE
  Operating hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Issaquah

Eastside Fire & Rescue - Station 71 (closed)

Kent

Kent Commons (open)
  525 4 Ave. N
  Operating hours: Until 5:00 p.m.

Kent Senior Activity Center (open)
  600 E. Smith St.
  Operating hours: Until 4:30 p.m.

Normandy Park

City Hall 
  801 Sw 174th St
  Operating hours: Until 6:00 p.m.
  Contact: (206) 248-7603

Pacific

Senior Center/Community Center (closed)
  100 3rd Ave SE

Note:
-Individuals should bring their own snacks and beverages.
-Children must be supervised at all times.
-Animals, except for service animals, are not allowed at the warming shelters.

Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie Valley YMCA/Community Center (closed)
  35018 SE Ridge St.
  Operating hours: Normal business hours (call 425-647-1184 to confirm)

In addition, the following overnight shelters are open, with a priority for serving homeless populations

King County Winter Shelters

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

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

Auburn

Severe Weather Shelter (open Tuesday night, January 24)
  Veteran's Memorial Building
  411 E Street NE
  Hours of operation: 8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  Serves men, women and familes

Les Gove Building (closed)
  Gove Community Campus
  1020 Deals Way
  Hours of operation: 9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  Serves men and women

Bellevue

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Men (open through March 15)
  St. Peter's United Methodist Church
   17222 NE 8th Street
 Hours of operation: 8:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  Capacity: 50

Eastside Winter Shelter for Homeless Women and Families (open through March 15)
  Salvation Army
  911 164th Ave. NE
  Hours of operation: 8:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.
  Capacity: 15
  Serves men and women

Kent

Severe Weather Shelter at Kent Lutheran Church (open Sunday, January 15 - Friday, January 20)
  336 2nd Ave. S
  Hours of operation: 9:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles, but the shelter is also available for 
unaccompanied women and men; separate sleeping space has been prepared for men, women, and for families with children.
As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of clients, staff and the broader community will apply. The SWS will be operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from Kent Lutheran Church and the greater Kent community.

Renton

Harambee Church - Renton Cold Weather Shelter (closed)
  316 South 3rd Street
  9:00 p.m. Check-in and registration. Clients must register at the door. Drop-ins are welcome.
  7:00 a.m. Shelter closes; clients must vacate

There are separate areas for men, women and families. The shelter is operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers from Harambee Church and the Renton community. This safe, confidential shelter allows walk-ins and food is provided. As with all shelters, rules for the health and safety of all clients, staff and the community apply.


Seattle

City Hall (open nightly, through March)
  Located on 4th Avenue between James and Cherry Streets
  Hours of operation: 7:30 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. (Opens only at 7:30p.m. for January 17-19, normally opens at 8:30p.m.)
  Capacity: 75
  Co-ed: Serves men, women and families

Frye Hotel (open nightly, through March)
  Located on 3rd and Yesler in Pioneer Square
  Hours of operation: 8:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  Capacity: 25
  Serves only women

Emergency Weather Shelter (open Saturday, January 14 - January 23)
Seattle Center Rainier Room (next to Key Arena)
Use bus routes 1, 2, 4 or 16
Hours of operation: 9:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
The emergency weather shelter serves adult men and women. Open access - no referral forms required.

Seattle Union Gospel Mission (open through March)
  Located at 318 2nd Ave S
  Hours of operation: 24/7
  Capacity: 100 
  Men and Women welcome


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

  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 (www.rpin.org) for news bulletins and emergency alerts. Find more winter weather preparedness tips and resources links at www.takewinterbystorm.org.

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