Anticipated low temperatures trigger alert that starts at 7 p.m.
Due to dropping temperatures, Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio today declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency effective starting 7 p.m. Tuesday, 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,” explained Director Garganio. “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,” added Director Garganio. “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: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/