Bend declares weather emergency to boost shelter space

BEND, Ore. - On October 30, Bend City Manager Eric King signed a weather emergency declaration, effective Friday. The declaration allows the use of approved alternative shelter facilities to provide emergency overnight lodging when the temperature is or is expected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit and all Bend-area shelter facilities have reached capacity. 

 Alternative shelter facilities must complete a fire safety inspection and abate all safety deficiencies prior to providing overnight lodging. Shelters are only approved by the city of Bend when there is a declared emergency and need. 

The City expects severe weather conditions that may result in capacity being reached at local shelters, and the emergency weather declaration helps meet the need for shelter during some of the coldest months of the year. The declaration is in effect through February 28, 2018. 

For more information or to request a consultation to become an approved alternative shelter facility, contact the Bend Fire Department Prevention Division at 541-322-6309.  

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