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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Montgomery County Extends Code Blue Cold Weather Declaration for January 18 - January 23, 2024

NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, have extended an existing  Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

The Code Blue has been extended for Montgomery County for the period beginning Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 9 a.m. and ending on Monday, January 23, 2024, at 8 a.m. During this time, either the temperature or the wind chill is expected to be below 32 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.


Additionally, residents in need of assistance with housing can contact 610-278-3522 for direct, local support courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Service's Office of Community Connections.

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.montgomerycountypa.gov/codeblue.

Media Contact: Megan Alt, megan.alt@montgomerycountypa.gov

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