Extreme Weather - Cold

Code Blue Plan

During the winter season, Montgomery County implements a winter weather, or “Code Blue,” emergency plan. In periods of extreme, life-threatening weather, defined as a wind-chill factor of 32°F or below, multiple county agencies and private health / social organizations offer expanded services for those without adequate shelter, including the chronically homeless and homeless families with children. The goal of the Code Blue plan is to provide temporary shelter, food, and clothing to those in need.

The Office of Public Health is responsible for recommending Code Blue emergencies to the County Commissioners based on monitoring of National Weather Service forecasts. Code Blue declarations will be issued for a specific duration, usually based on 24-hour increments, and will end as initially declared unless formally extended by the County Commissioners.

Residents of Montgomery County who need shelter during a Code Blue can call the Call Center at 610-278-3522.
 

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 assistance, call 610-278-3522.
  • If you or someone you know needs help with temporary shelter from the cold weather or a longer-term housing issue, call the Call Center 610-278-3522.

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.

Related Resources

Utilities (Electric and Gas)