National Guard Opens Emergency Shelter in Kenai

The Alaska Army National Guard Armory in Kenai is open as an emergency shelter for Kenai Peninsula Borough residents who are without power.

Homer Electric Association estimates that around 3,000 homes and businesses in the central Kenai Peninsula do not have power currently. Work will continue through the night but it could be Friday before power is restored to all.

Shelter location:

Alaska Army National Guard Armory

105 Forest Drive

Kenai, AK 99611

(907) 283-1435

The American Red Cross of Alaska will be supporting the shelter with local Red Cross Volunteers and an Anchorage Office Red Cross Shelter Manager.  To help support sheltering operations go to

Contact the Kenai Peninsula Borough at (907) 714-2484. Warming stations have been established at the Kenai and Nikiski Fire Stations.

Homer Electric Association estimates that well over 5,000 homes and businesses around the central Kenai Peninsula do not have power.  For information on power outages call        1-888-8OUTAGE or visit

The State Emergency Operation Center is currently at level 3 to monitor the Kenai Peninsula power outage and 2011 West Coast Storm. Level 3 indicates an actual event has occurred.

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