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Severe Storms

Severe weather in Kitsap County often comes in the form of windstorms or snowstorms. The most common situation which can result is the loss of power. It is important to be prepared to deal with these situations which can result in no heat, no means to cook food and lack of light during the evenings.

Top Safety Tips for a Power Outage

  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
  • Turn off most electrical equipment you were using when the power went out, especially space heaters and the stove.
  •  Leave on a couple of lights so you know when the power comes back on.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home's electrical system.
  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.
Additional Information

Kitsap County Severe Weather Shelter Program

The Kitsap County Severe Weather Shelter Program operates from November 1 through March 31 each year. Designated shelter locations will open for overnight guests in the event of expected severe weather in the county. Currently, there are five locations that will serve as shelters if needed:

  • The Salvation Army, 832 6th St, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston, WA 98346
  • Silverdale United Methodist Church, 9982 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church, 725 Kitsap St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
  • Gateway Fellowship, 18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Shelters open at 6 pm on the day of activation and close at 7 am. There is no admittance to the shelter after 10 pm unless guests are escorted to the facility by law enforcement or have a "Hospital Pass."
There are three criteria for activating a shelter location:
  • Temperatures are expected to be at or below 32 degrees sustained (sustained being more than 4 consecutive hours) during overnight hours, overnight hours being from 5pm to 8am the following day, and/or;
  • New snow accumulation is expected to exceed 1 inch or more in depth overnight, and/or;
  • Two or more successive days of 1 inch or more of rainfall is anticipated

We strive to provide a safe and comfortable place for all who need assistance during severe weather. Shelter guests must adhere to the rules of the shelter or they may be asked to leave.

Some of the basic shelter rules are:
  • All personal items (backpacks, suitcases, purses, etc) must be placed in a bag, sealed and stored overnight. Once your personal property bag has been sealed, it may not be opened until you checkout of the shelter. Staff watch all personal item bags overnight. Any needed medications must be removed from personal item bag before sealing it.
  • Tobacco & Vape use permitted OUTSIDE only – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed to be carried by any guest while in the shelter. All weapons must be placed in your personal items bag.
  • Refrain from using alcohol or drugs while a guest of the shelter
  • Remember that there may be children in the shelter, so please refrain from using profanity
  • Respect the rights of all others using this facility
  • No sexual conduct of any kind is permitted in the shelter
  • Remain in the areas designated by Shelter Volunteers and the facility operators
  • If you leave this shelter after lights out, you will not be allowed to return until the next activation day
  • If you are asked to leave the property, you will do so promptly or law enforcement will be called
  • Lights out and doors locked at 10 pm for safety reasons. Smokers should get their last cigarette of the night in before 10 pm.

These rules exist for the safety of our guests and volunteers and for the protection of the facility. The rules are not flexible.

The shelters are staffed by trained volunteers. It is important to know that if there are not enough volunteers available to staff the shelter, the shelter cannot open even though the criteria may have been met.

Volunteers are registered emergency workers with the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management and the state of Washington. They are trained in shelter operations, safety and security and other aspects of shelter management. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and pass a background check.