Safety and Shelter Information for Upcoming Severe Weather

Damaging winds and heavy rainfall are expected to hit the region this weekend, with the possibility of the most severe damage happening Saturday evening. Service providers should take into consideration increased vulnerability for individuals experiencing homelessness (e.g. safety of those living in tents).

King County 2-1-1 is tracking severe weather shelter openings. We will update this post if more shelters open.

  • The city of Seattle will open a co-ed weather shelter for 100 adults Saturday and Sunday nights, 10/15 & 10/16, at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion – near 2nd & Thomas, south of Key Arena.  The shelter will open from 7pm to 7am.
  • Valley Renewal Center will be open outside of its regular day center hours as a 24-hour shelter until this coming Monday, 10/17 at 2pm.  They are accepting both individuals and families. The shelter is located at the American Legion Hall at 38625 SE River St in Snoqualmie.
  • The King County Shelter for adult men has expanded capacity to serve 50 additional men Thursday through Tuesday, 10/13 – 10/18.  The King County Shelter is located at the King County Administration Building at 500 4th Avenue in Seattle.  The shelter is open from 7pm to 6am.
  • The City Hall Co-ed shelter at 600 4th Ave in Seattle will expand capacity Thursday through Tuesday 10/13 – 10/18 with an emphasis on accommodating women seeking  shelter.  The Shelter is open from 7pm to 6am.
  • Mary’s Place Guest Suites is opening additional emergency family shelter beds Friday through Sunday, 10/14 – 10/16. Families need to call Mary’s place to screen in (206) 245-1026. Shelter will be day and night, communal space, must be able to pass a background check, all pets must be in kennels.

However, many other shelters in the region have space available. Click on the links below for information from the 2-1-1 Resource database about shelters.

King County Emergency Management has activated the regional Emergency News blog (which will be updated as more information is known) – www.kcemergency.com.

The combination of wind and rainfall increases the possibility of clogged storm drains and urban flooding. Sudden bursts of rainfall can temporarily make roads impassable. King County’s My Commute page is a key resource for monitoring the status of closed roads. Stay up to date with river flooding information by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/flood.

Severe Weather Tips

  • If power outages occur, find places you can go to get warm (friend or family member’s house, shelter location).
  • Dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.  If possible, outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and natural wool.
  • Wear a hat.  More than half of body heat is lost through the top of the head.
  • Wear mittens that are snug at the wrist.  Mittens offer better protection than gloves which allow the fingers to cool much faster.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf to help protect lungs from cold air.
  • Keep yourself and your clothes dry.  Change wet socks and all other wet clothing as quickly as possible to prevent loss of body heat.  Wet clothing loses its insulation value and transmits heat rapidly.

Additional storm preparation information including information in other languages can be found at www.takewinterbystorm.org

 

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