Kitsap County News


Severe weather shelters provide safe places and warm beds for people to stay in overnight during severe weather events that occur between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. 

Volunteer registration is now open for shelter operations this season, beginning with a free two-hour training course required for all volunteers (and highly recommended as a refresher for returning volunteers). Space is limited. Register online at or call (360) 337-7287.

These shelters, located in Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Port Orchard, rely solely on volunteers to operate them. During five-hour evening and overnight shifts, volunteers help set up the shelter, check in guests, monitor safety, help guests depart and close the shelter in the morning.

Required training sessions are scheduled:

North Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Gateway Fellowship Church

West Wing Room 272

18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo

South Kitsap

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Port Orchard United Methodist Church

725 Kitsap St., Port Orchard

All volunteers are required to complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Volunteer applications and more information about the Severe Weather Shelter program can be found at  

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