FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County has issued a Code Blue Alert as extremely low temperatures and dangerous wind chill are gripping the region.

Under the alert, which will be in effect through 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, those who need access to a warming center should first contact their local police department. The municipality will then coordinate assistance with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The Belmar Police Department for both Belmar and Lake Como can be reached at 732-681-1700.

“Our No. 1 priority is to ensure the safety of all Monmouth County residents throughout this Code Blue Alert,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency oversees OEM, which activated the alert on January 20. “The necessary plans, procedures and resources are in place to address any emergency situation that is elevated to the level of needing county assistance.”

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in addition, residents are being asked to check on elderly neighbors and to limit the outdoor activity of pets. If an individual must be outdoors, avoid over exertion, keep dry and wear several layers of loose-fitting clothes. While traveling, make sure that someone knows your route and schedule and have a winter survival kit, including a blanket, in your vehicle.

The county’s community partners include the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission of Asbury Park, Monmouth County Homeless Shelter in Freehold, and Trinity Episcopal Church and the Pilgrim Baptist Church/Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, all of of Red Bank.

Since the state’s Code Blue law was enacted last year, the county has implemented 10 Code Blue Alerts, assisting about 130 people. Under the law, counties in New Jersey are required to coordinate with towns to provide temporary housing for documented homeless persons during extreme weather conditions.

Monmouth County Homeless Hotline can be reached 24/7 at 732-431-6000.

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