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About the Severe Weather Shelters
The severe weather shelter program provides safe warm beds to stay overnight for people in need during severe weather events Nov 1 – Mar 31 in Kitsap County. This shelter is available for single adults, parents with children, families, and teens.

The shelters will open if the following conditions are met:

• if temperatures are expected to be at or below 32 degrees for four or more hours and one or more successive days and/or

• if snow accumulation is expected to exceed one inch or more for more than two days and/or

• if there are two or more successive days of one inch or more of rain.

• shelters may also activate when high wind warnings are issued.

Opening a shelter is also dependent on the shelter being fully staffed by volunteers for the night. The weather is monitored for severe weather conditions by Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.



Download the Severe Weather Shelter Information Flyer

Download the KITSAPSWS Get Notified flyer

Is the Shelter Open Tonight? - Dial 211 Poster

How to Volunteer

Interested in helping those who live without homes to find shelter when temperatures drop outside?

Prospective volunteers must fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check. Download the KCDEM Volunteer Application

Volunteer References

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Handbook (Updated Nov 13, 2018)

Volunteer Training Presentation Slides(Updated Oct 23, 2018)

Homebase User Manual (Updated Oct 31, 2019)

Homebase Site Scheduler Manual (Updated Oct 23, 2019)

Property Loss or Damage Claim Form EMD-086

Medical Expenses Claim Form EMD-084

Homebase User Instructions

Access the Homebase website at http://joinhomebase.com


View our instructional videos and manuals here!

Kitsap County News


To see shelter activation status visit Kitsap Severe Weather Shelter Status


To sign up for SMS notifications about shelter activation, text "KITSAPSWS" to 898211

Standard msg&data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. HELP for help. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 898211, go to: http://www.preventionpaystext.com/policies/

Severe Weather Shelter Locations

For more information contact:

   Cory Derenburger, Program Specialist
   360-337-7287 or cderenbu@co.kitsap.wa.us

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2018-19 Season Data

2018-2019 Shelter Season Summary