Burlington County Health Dept. declare code blue weather emergency

Extreme cold temperatures forecasted through Thursday

From Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Burlington County today announced that the County Health Department, in concurrence with the County Office of Emergency Management, has declared a Code Blue Weather Emergency to be in effect from 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 through 7 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 due to the extreme cold temperatures forecasted. County officials will assess weather conditions again on Thursday to determine if additional precautions are needed.

A Code Blue declaration is made in Burlington County when winter weather conditions pose a threat of serious harm to individuals without shelter. When a Code Blue is enacted it provides for short-term emergency shelters to those in need.

Individuals in need of shelter, or for more information about Code Blue, can call CONTACT of Burlington County at (856) 234–8888 or (866) 234–5006.

During a Code Blue declaration, residents are encouraged to stay indoors in heated areas. Caution should also 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/