Burlington County issues ‘Code Blue’ cold weather emergency for tonight through tomorrow morning

A Code Blue declaration is made when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.

Due to dropping temperatures, Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio has declared a ‘Code Blue’ cold weather emergency effective starting 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, through 10 a.m., Thursday, March 23. Officials will then review and assess upcoming weather forecasts.

“A Code Blue declaration is made in Burlington County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter,” Garganio said. “When a Code Blue is enacted it provides for short-term emergency sheltering.”

Individuals can call CONTACT of Burlington County at (856) 234–8888 or (866) 234–5006 for a list of available shelters and additional Code Blue information.

“During a Code Blue declaration, we encourage residents to stay indoors in heated areas,” Garganio said. “Extreme cold weather can be just as dangerous as extremely hot weather. This is the time to watch out for those most vulnerable among us, especially children and older adults. Caution also should be taken with pets during extremely cold temperatures.”

For general cold weather precautions, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/.