Montgomery County Issues ‘Code Blue’ Cold Weather Statement Through Monday | southeast pennsylvania

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, has declared a “Code Blue” cold weather emergency for Montgomery County based on a review forecasts from the National Weather Service.

The “Code Blue” statement was issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning Friday, January 14, at 9 p.m. and ending Monday, January 17, at 8 a.m. During this time the temperature or wind chill should be below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

A “Code Blue” cold weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious injury or death to homeless people.

Montgomery County residents who need emergency shelter during the declaration of an emergency can call the Your Way Home call center at 211 or text their zip code to 898-211.

What to do in “Code Blue” conditions

· Frequently check on your elderly friends and neighbors to make sure their homes are adequately heated.

· If you see someone who needs immediate emergency help, call or text 911.

· If you or someone you know needs help with temporary shelter from the cold or a longer-term housing issue, call Your Way Home at 211 or text 898-211.

Personal advice

· Make sure your car is prepared for winter with antifreeze, a full tank of gas, properly inflated tires and an emergency kit.

· Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

· Wear appropriate clothing and avoid prolonged exposure when going outdoors in winter.

· Limit the time animals spend outdoors during extreme temperatures.

· Report power outages directly to your utility company; Do NOT call 911.

For general cold weather information, visit the Montgomery County website.

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