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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Montgomery County Issues “Code Blue” for January 23 - 24, 2023

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NORRISTOWN, PA – 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 has been issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning Monday, January 23, 2023, at 9 p.m. and ending on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 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 is declared in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.


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.


Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, kcofrancisco@montcopa.org