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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, 2013

Cold weather shelter status and safety tips for staying warm

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

UPDATED - JAN. 18, 2013 - CURRENT STATUS

The following warming centers/weather shelters are available

Auburn
Veteran's Memorial Park William C Warren Building 411 E ST NE
January 14 from 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM 
January 15 from 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM 
January 16 from 10:00 PM - 7:00 AM
January 17 from 9:00 PM – 7:00 AM 
January 18 from 9:00 PM - 7:00 AM
This is an emergency shelter only and no services are provided. For more information: 253-334-4860.

Renton
Renton Harambee Center
316 South 3rd St. , Renton, WA 98057
Open nightly through the morning of Friday, January 18th.
8:30 PM - check in and registration; 7:00 AM - shelter closes.
Operated by Catholic Community Services staff and volunteers. For more information, contact City of Renton Human Services: 425-430-6600.

A complete list of cold weather shelters operating throughout King County can be found at http://cehkc.org/scope/shelters.aspx, or call the Crisis Clinic by dialing 2-1-1.


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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