Camden County Freeholders announce ‘Code Blue’ for night of Feb. 9

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Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, advises municipalities that Camden County will be under “Code Blue” tonight.

The Health Officer issued the Code Blue advisory for Camden County effective from 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 through 7 a.m. Feb. 10.

“Tonight will bring periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain and temperatures will fall dangerously low. We need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements during this severe weather,” Rodriguez said. “Before leaving the house, please dress yourself and your children in warm clothing, hats and gloves. Also, please remember to check on elderly relatives and neighbors and bring your pets indoors.”

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.

We will experience intermittent precipitation over the next 24 hours that will make pavement slick due to a more than 25 degree dip in temperature. It will stay below freezing through much of the day with winds up to 25 miles out of the northeast. We can expect a mixture of sleet and snow later tonight with lows in the mid 20’s. Most of the precipitation should end by 3 a.m., but it is possible for some flurries to hang around until daybreak.

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. Additional resources are available by calling the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at (800) 999–9045, or by visiting www.camdencounty.com.

In case of a power outage please report it directly to the appropriate utility provider list below:

PSE&G: 1–800–436-PSEG (7734)
PSEG website: http://pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/index.jsp
Atlantic City Electric: 1–800–833–7476
Atlantic City Electric website: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
South Jersey Gas: 1–800–582–7060
South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/