The Code Blue will be in effect beginning Tuesday night with freezing temperatures in the forecast.
With cold weather in the forecast for much of this week, a Code Blue alert has been issued for Cherry Hill and the rest of Camden County. The Code Blue will be in effect Tuesday night through Friday morning, with the alert taking effect between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
“We are expecting overnight temperatures in the low 20s for the next few nights. During these extreme conditions, we need everyone to be sheltered and protected from the elements,” Camden County Freeholder Carmen 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, 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 dangerous 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.