Camden County Code Blue extended for another evening

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

The Health Officer issued the severe weather advisory for Camden County effective from 6:00 p.m. this evening through 7:00 a.m. on March 7.

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“As temperatures remain well below average for the beginning of March, we are advising residents to avoid going outside for extended periods of time,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “It will be bitterly cold overnight, and we need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements.”

When the Camden County Health Officer declares a severe weather emergency, municipalities with homeless populations, situational homeless or transient populations are expected to activate their Code Blue response plan to accommodate their immediate needs.

With high pressure to our north, we can expect it to remain cold and blustery throughout the day. Tonight’s temperatures are expected to drop to between 20 to 25 degrees. Tomorrow, a coastal low will slide off to the southeast with chance of mixed precipitation as it moves through.

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 shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality.

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