Local shelters work to keep homeless warm as Code Blue continues

A Code Blue alert, intended to assist municipalities in protecting vulnerable citizens during cold weather by directing them to shelter, will be in effect this weekend in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. 

A Code Blue alert, intended to assist municipalities in protecting vulnerable citizens during cold weather by directing them to shelter, is in effect for all four counties in The Press’ coverage region.

In Atlantic County, the Code Blue will run through Monday, said Linda Gilmore, public information officer for the county. For a list of warming shelters in Atlantic County, visit readyatlantic.org.

Cape May County’s Code Blue will last until 6 a.m. Tuesday. People seeking temporary shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. For more information and warming center locations, call the county Homeless Hotline Service at 877-886-1325 or 609-886-1325, or visit capemay countynj.gov.

In Cumberland County, the Code Blue will be active Saturday and Sunday evenings. Warming centers are located in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland. For more information and warming center locations, visit m25initiative.org.

In Ocean County, the Office of Emergency Management issued an alert through 8 a.m. Tuesday. For more information and warming center locations, visit co.ocean.nj.us.

A Code Blue is required within 24 to 48 hours of one of the following, based on National Weather Service forecasts: temperatures 25 degrees or lower without precipitation, 32 degrees or lower with precipitation or wind chills at or below 0 for a period of two or more hours.

Winter temperatures will return Friday, as a pattern-busting cold front pushes through. Low temperatures Friday night will be in the mid 20s, with wind chills in the teens. Saturday and Sunday will see high temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees under a sunny sky. However, Saturday night will see the thermometer dip into the teens. While Sunday night’s lows will be above 25, snow will be possible late at night.

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