Weather emergency: Code Blue issued for Berlin

Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez advises residents bring pets indoors, check on neighbors.

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 Advisory tonight.

The Health Officer issued the Code Blue advisory for Camden County effective from 6 p.m. on Feb. 2 until 6 a.m. on Feb. 3.

“Overnight temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s with winds out of the northwest up to 14 miles per hour. Forecasters are not ruling out the possibility of freezing rain with snow flurries mixed in across the county. In these extreme weather conditions, we need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements,” Rodriguez said. “If you must leave 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 Code Blue 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.

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

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.

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.

The Office of Emergency Management is also monitoring conditions.

“As this weather pattern continues, please, if possible, stay indoors today to keep warm and stay out of the elements,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Emergency Management. “If you must go out, please take precautions to keep you and your family safe from the extreme temperatures.”

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: (800) 833–7476
• Atlantic City Electric website: http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/
• South Jersey Gas: (800) 582–7060
• South Jersey Gas website: http://southjerseygas.com/