County health department declares code blue weather emergency

Residents in need of shelter are encouraged to call 211 for assistance

The Burlington County Department of Health is declaring a code blue weather emergency from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. on Nov. 21.

A Code Blue declaration is made in Burlington County when frigid weather conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals or families without shelter. During the declaration, the county provides for short-term sheltering in clean, safe locations.

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Residents in need of shelter are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.

“Temperatures are dropping so we’re encouraging all those in need of help to reach out,” said Commissioner Felicia Hopson, the liaison to the Burlington County Health Department and Burlington County Department of Human Services. “Our code blue sheltering program is ready and we don’t want anyone to have to spend the night outdoors or in unsafe conditions.”

For general cold weather precautions, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html.

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