With the wind chill expected to drop into the teens overnight, accompanied by strong winds and freezing temperatures, the Burlington County Health Department has declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency starting at 7 p.m. tonight, which will remain in effect through 9 a.m. Friday.
Officials will review and assess upcoming weather forecasts tomorrow determine whether it should be extended.
A Code Blue declaration is made when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. When a Code Blue is enacted it provides for short-term emergency sheltering.
Individuals can call CONTACT of Burlington County at 856-234-8888 or 866-234-5006 for a list of available shelters and additional Code Blue information.
For general cold weather precautions, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter.
Provided by the Burlington County Office of Public Information