The Code Blue will be in effect for the next six days due to continued frigid temperatures.
Cherry Hill Township and the rest of Camden County will continue to be under a Code Blue advisory through at least the weekend.
The Camden County Health Officer issued the Code Blue advisory for Camden County effective from 7p.m. on Jan. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 until 7 a.m. the following morning. In addition, the code blue will remain in place during the daytime hours of both Jan. 5 and 6 due to excessively cold temperatures.
“The dangerously cold weather will continue this week, with a major coastal storm threatening the region Wednesday night into Thursday. Overnight temperatures will hover in the teens with wind gusts making it feel like it is in the single digits,” Camden County Freeholder Carman Rodriguez said. “In these extreme weather conditions, we need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements. 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, 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.