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Montco Issues “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration for February 13 through February 16
 
Posted on Thursday February 13, 2020
 
The “Code Blue” Declaration has been issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 9 p.m. and ending on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 9 a.m.
 

 Montco Issues “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration for February 13 through February 16 

Norristown, PA (February 13, 2020) – The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a “Code Blue” Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

The “Code Blue” Declaration has been issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 9 p.m. and ending on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 9 a.m. During this time, either the temperature or the wind chill is expected to be below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

A “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. A “Code Blue” is called when the combination of air temperature and the wind chill is anticipated to be 20ºF or less.

Residents of Montgomery County who need emergency shelter during a “Code Blue” can call the Your Way Home Call Center at 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211.

WHAT TO DO IN "CODE BLUE" CONDITIONS

  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.
  • If you see someone in need of immediate emergency assistance, call or text 9-1-1.
  • If you or someone you know needs help with temporary shelter from the cold weather or a longer-term housing issue, call Your Way Home at 2-1-1 or text 898-211.


personal tips

  • Make sure your car is winterized with antifreeze, a full tank of gas, properly inflated tires, and is stocked with an emergency kit.
  • Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and avoid prolonged exposure when going outdoors in winter weather.
  • Limit pets' time outdoors during extreme temperatures.
  • Report power outages directly to your utility company; DO NOT call 9-1-1.

 

For general cold weather information, please visit www.montcopa.org/codeblue.

 
 
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