Warming centers open as county activates Code Blue

Press release from Burlington County.

Due to dropping temperatures, Freeholder Director Tom Pullion reports a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency has been declared, starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 13, as well as 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 through 7 a.m. on Nov. 14. 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 Pullion. “When a Code Blue is enacted it provides for short-term emergency sheltering.”

During normal business hours, public buildings are available as warming centers.

For overnight shelter, individuals can call (856) 764-6945, ext. 6128 or ext. 6122 for Emergency Shelter information.

“During a Code Blue declaration, we encourage residents to stay indoors in heated areas,” added Director Pullion. “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/