City & County of Denver Sheltering Operations
A shelter is a safe location to stay temporarily in the event of an emergency or disaster. When such shelters are opened, they'll be announced on social media, local radio, television broadcasts and Denvergov.org. Please remember, using a shelter should be a choice of last resort with every effort to stay with friends, family, or commercial lodging during an emergency. Denver will work diligently to provide a safe space for your protection during an emergency, but your personal preparation is really the key to the success of your experience. Review some commonly asked questions and answers regarding emergency public shelter information.
When Do Shelters Open?
The City and County of Denver will open a shelter when there is an identified need that is unmet by existing resources. The City has pre-identified six shelters throughout the City which are fully accessible based upon the average number of residents who may require assistance. Not all shelters will be opened at the same time, so please monitor social media, local radio, television broadcasts, and Denvergov.org in times of emergency to know which ones are open.
Accessible City and County of Denver Shelter Locations:
- Cook Park Recreation Center
7100 Cherry Creek Dr. South
Denver, CO 80224
- La Alma Recreation Center
1325 W. 11th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
- Scheitler Recreation Center
5031 W. 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
- Southwest Recreation Center
9200 W. Saratoga Place
Denver, CO 80123
- St. Charles Recreation Center
3777 N Lafayette St.
Denver, CO 80205
- Carla Madison Recreation Center
2401 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
How a Shelter Works:
When you first arrive, you will need to check-in and complete the required paperwork. Service animals that assist people with disabilities or access and functional needs are allowed in the City and County of Denver shelters. Next, a staff member will direct you to the sleeping area to show you where you may set your personal belongings. Each person is provided approximately 20 square feet. Please be courteous to others as there is very little personal space. Once set up, try to relax and settle in. Meal times and shelter rules will be posted. Once the incident passes, shelter clients will be advised when it is safe to leave. Officials must first give the all-clear as roads may be damaged or blocked by downed wires, trees, or flooding. Make sure to gather all of your belongings and clean up after yourself before leaving the shelter.
Who Should Go to a Shelter?
If you do not have any other options and one of the following conditions apply:
- If your home is threatened or you live in an unsafe structure
- If you live within a mandatory evacuation zone or low-lying flood zone
- If you do not have ample supplies to prepare your home for a disaster
- Anyone can go to a shelter if they do not feel safe
What to Bring to a Shelter:
- Identification, essential documents, cash and flash-light
- Books, magazines, quiet toys for kids
- For infants: Enough food, supplies, diapers, blankets, bedding, and clothing
People with Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs Should Consider Adding the Following Supplies to their Go Bag:
- Manuals and extra batteries for any devices you use
- Notepad and pen to communicate
- Emergency health information card
- Aerosol tire repair kits and/or tire inflator to repair flat wheelchair or scooter tires
- Magnifying glasses
- Extra mobility canes
- Supplies for your pets or service animal (e.g., extra water, bowl, leash, plastic bags, toys and treats, etc.)
- Items to comfort you in a stressful situation
- Back-up medical equipment such as oxygen, medication, scooter battery, hearing aids, mobility aids
For more information on what to bring to a shelter for people with disabilities visit: www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
What NOT to Bring to a Shelter:
- Illicit Drugs
- Firearms and Weapons
Services for People with Disabilities| Denver 911
Registry for Special Needs Residents
You may now submit information about yourself, or other members of your household, who have special needs or disabilities to help 911 respond appropriately during an emergency. Your information will remain confidential and will give officers advance warning about your circumstance prior to responding.
This form should not be used to report emergencies. If you have a current emergency, please call 911 immediately.
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