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Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs announced today 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 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 through 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 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,” explained Director Gibbs. “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, we encourage residents to stay indoors in heated areas,” added Director Gibbs. “This is a time when we need to look out for the most vulnerable among us, especially children and older adults. 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/