Due to dropping temperatures, Burlington County Freeholder Director Tom Pullion reports a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency has been declared starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2 until 10 a.m. on Dec. 3. 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 Freeholder 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 shelters, call New Jersey’s 2-1-1 for emergency shelter information.
“During a Code Blue declaration, we encourage residents to stay indoors in heated areas,” added Freeholder Director Pullion. “Extremely 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 also be taken with pets during extremely cold temperatures.”
For general cold weather precautions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/