Winter Weather Preparedness and Response

City Response
During snow and ice events, the Operations & Maintenance staff works on a 24-hour schedule, using 12-hour shifts. The City has a Snow and Ice Control Plan that includes priority streets for response. The crews focus first on the main roads then neighborhood streets. We understand that everyone would like their streets plowed, and we ask for your patience. If you have a request for road maintenance during the storm, please send a message through the City's SeeClickFix application or call O&M at 206-842-1212. Your request will be logged and we will respond when resources are available. Please remember that main arterial roads, secondary collector roads, and critical utility services are prioritized before other areas.

In addition, keeping sidewalks free from snow, ice, and other obstructions is the responsibility of the person or entity whose property abuts the sidewalk per BIMC 12.08. Only sidewalks on or abutting City property are maintained by City crews during snow and ice operations.

How You Can Help

  • Clear snow and ice from your sidewalks
  • Know the Snow and Ice Control Plan map
  • Monitor traffic conditions
  • Register for Nixle: The City uses Nixle for its emergency notifications to advise subscribers of road closures, downed power lines or other emergent issues. Sign up here.
  • Like us on Facebook (not monitored 24/7)
  • Follow us on Twitter (not monitored 24/7)

Road Closures
During inclement weather, road closures will be posted on the City's website and via Kitsap County's road report here


Power Outages

People should follow updates from Puget Sound Energy regarding the status of power outages. 


Severe Weather Shelters

The City of Bainbridge Island has four locations that can serve as severe weather shelters during inclement weather. Each location can serve as a daytime warming/cooling center or as an overnight emergency shelter. The shelters are located at these locations:

  • Island Church
    9624 Sportsman Club Rd NE         
  • Seabold United Methodist Church
    6894 NE Seabold Church Rd
  • Senior Center
    370 Brien Dr SE
  •  St. Barnabas Episcopal Church 
    1187 Wyatt Way NW

If one or more locations on Bainbridge Island are activated and open during inclement weather, information will be shared via Nixle text notifications, on the City website, and on social media. 

Kitsap County operates four severe weather shelters during inclement weather. The shelters are located at these locations:

  • Gateway Fellowship 
    18901 8th Ave NE, Poulsbo        
  • Port Orchard United Methodist Church
    725 Kitsap Street, Port Orchard
  •  Silverdale United Methodist Church
    9982 Silverdale Way, Silverdale
  •  Village Green Community Center
    26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston

Dial 2-1-1, visit 211.org or text KITSAPSWS to 898-211 to get the latest information about severe weather shelters in Kitsap County.

If you or someone you know are in need of overnight shelter, the City can assist with transport. Please contact Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage at alesage@bainbridgewa.gov to arrange.

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