CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County will be under a Code Blue Alert beginning at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 12, and ending at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 13, Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, said,

“Temperatures are forecasted to fall into the 30s by midday, and overnight wind chills could drop into the single digits and low teens,” Rodriguez said.  “We want to continue to emphasize the importance of getting everyone sheltered and out of the elements, especially when conditions become frigid and cold like today. It’s also important to check on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they are safe with proper heat, as well as to bring pets indoors and out of the elements.”

When the Camden County Health Officer declares a Code Blue, municipalities with homeless populations, situational homeless or transient populations are expected to activate their Code Blue response plan to accommodate their immediate needs.

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“During these extreme weather conditions, we encourage everyone to check on elderly or handicapped relatives and neighbors that live alone,” Rodriguez said. “It is important that the most vulnerable among us are not left without heat or electricity.”

The Camden County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management have worked with each municipality to ensure they have the proper resources to respond to these severe weather situations as part of their individual Code Blue plans. Each municipality has identified its own location to accommodate those in their community seeking shelter from the severe weather.

Persons seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality.

The new after-hours Code Blue Emergency Hotline phone number: 1-800-331-7272.