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In times of major disaster such as earthquake, families are often displaced from their homes because the structure is unsafe. Shelters may be set up during a disaster. In other disasters, it may be necessary for residents to remain in their homes or at their business.

If the City establishes an emergency shelter, information on the location, hours of operations, and rules will be made available through TV, social media, radio, and community groups.

Emergency Shelters

TShelter Clip Arthe Office of Emergency Management has identified buildings within the City of Kirkland that could be used as emergency shelters. It is not possible to publicly predesignate these buildings as they may not be deemed safe following a disaster.

 Shelter Basics

  • Shelter location and services vary
  • Photo ID is expected to be presented
  • Check in/out is required
  • Meals may be provided
  • Pets other than service animals are not allowed in the general shelter but pet shelters may be available nearby

Shelter In Place

Depending on the situation, there are times where it might simply be best to remain where you are - home, work, school - and avoid potential outside dangers. Determine whether or not staying put is the safest option for you and your family. The City may also instruct you to shelter within your home or business. Below are suggested actions for sheltering in place:

  • Bring your family and pets or co-workers inside.
  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. You should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check social media often for official news and instructions as they become available.


Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671