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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 Training

Learn more about volunteering at one of Kitsap County’s severe weather shelters during orientation and training courses that will cover shelter operations, safety and security.

SWS Training Flyer


North Kitsap

Date: Thursday, October 24th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Gateway Fellowship Church, 18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370 in West Wing Room 272

South Kitsap

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 30th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Register online:http://tiny.cc/SWS-2019
or call (360) 337-7287.
*Walk-ins accepted
 This training course is required for all NEW  Severe Weather Shelter Volunteers. The training covers shelter operations, safety and security.

Current volunteers are not required to attend the training but may join for a refresher.

De-Escalation Training

By popular request we have arranged to offer a free “De-escalation Training” provided by the Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center to all severe weather shelter volunteers.  All SWS volunteers are encouraged to attend this training which will help to learn and practice: conflict de-escalation skills, body language do’s and don’ts, verbal do’s and don’ts, and practice of these techniques.


Please see the attached flyer for more information.


The training dates are:

South Kitsap: Saturday, October 26th, 10am-12pm at the Port Orchard United Methodist Church

North Kitsap: Monday October 28th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at Gateway Fellowship Church in West Wing 272


Please register online at http://tiny.cc/SWS-De-escalation

​Homebase User Instructions

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


Download the Complete Homebase User Manual (Updated 11/28/2018)


Logging in using the Homebase Website

Read the Website Instructions


Watch the Step-by-Step Website Video for Logging In


Claiming Open Shifts

Read the Website Instructions


Watch the Step-by-Step Website Video for Claiming Shifts

Your Schedule

Read the Website Instructions


Watch the Step-by-Step Website Video for Your Schedule

Dropping Shifts

Read the Website Instructions


Watch the Step-by-Step Website Video for Dropping Shifts

Personal Settings | Alerts & Notifications

Read the Website Instructions


Watch the Step-by-Step Website Video for Personal Settings and Notifications

Homebase Shift Scheduling Web App Introduction


Homebase Mobile App Introduction


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Activation Status

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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