Cold Snap Continues: City Extends Shelter Dates

The Severe Weather Shelters will be open nightly through the morning of Thursday, January 17.


Due to dangerously low temperatures, the City of Renton is partnering with Catholic Community Services to continue to open the Severe Weather Shelter at Renton Harambee Center. This shelter will be open nightly through Monday Janurary 21,  closing the morning of Tuesday, January 22. 

The shelter is in need of sleeping bags, clean washable blankets, and men's sweatpants and sweatshirts. Donations may be dropped off at Renton Harambee Center 316 South 3rd St.

Original Post, Jan. 15:

Due to forcasts of evening temperatures in the 20s, the City of Renton and Catholic Community Services have extended the available dates of the Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) at Renton Harambee Center, which was originally scheduled to close Monday morning.

This Severe Weather Shelter will now continue to operate though Thursday, January 17.

  • Renton Harambee Center 316 South 3rd St. Renton, WA 98057

The shelter will open Nightly on Monday January 14th, Tuesday January 15th and Wednesday January 16th. Check in and registration begins at 8:30 p.m. The shelter will close at 7 a.m. the following morning.

Below are some tips for coping with cold weather:

  • Residents are asked to be careful and remain in their homes for their own safety. To stay warm, wear extra clothing and use extra blankets.
  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Make sure to keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Keep extra blankets in the trunk in the event that you are stranded and have to wait for help.
  • Prevent water pipes from freezing and thaw them if they do freeze.
  • Stock your emergency car kit, especially with a battery operated radio, water, blankets and non-perishable foods.
  • Click here to read more about home heating safety.

Residents in need of assistance during business hours should call  425-430-6600, or visithttp://www.rentonwa.gov/news/default.aspx?id=31227 for more information.


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