Camden County issues Code Blue for night of Dec. 17

Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, advises municipalities that Camden County is under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory.

The Health Officer issued the severe weather advisory for Camden County effective from 6:00 p.m. tonight, Dec. 16 until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The advisory will be issued again from 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

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The latest forecasts obtained by Camden County predict temperatures in the low 20’s tonight with snow likely after midnight. Tomorrow’s high temperature will be in the 30’s with total snow accumulation of up to 1 inch possible. Tomorrow’s nights temperatures will dip back into the 20’s with another chance of precipitation.

“When the Camden County Health Officer declares a Severe Weather Advisory, municipalities with homeless populations, situational homeless or transient populations are expected to activate their Code Blue response plan to accommodate their immediate needs,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “This current cold snap is here to stay and with treacherous weather on the way we need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements.”

The Camden County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management have worked with each municipality to ensure they have the proper resources to respond to these severe weather situations as part of their individual Code Blue plans. Each municipality has identified its own location to accommodate those in their community seeking shelter from the severe weather.

“During these weather emergencies, we encourage everyone to check on elderly or handicapped relatives and neighbors that live alone,” Rodriguez said. “It is important that most vulnerable among us are not left without heat or electricity.”

Persons seeking warming center locations should contact their local municipality.

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