From 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 a “Code Blue” will be in effect for Bucks County.
The National Weather Service predicts an extreme cold front coming through the area. The Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the County Health Department and Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) joined forces in the declaration of a “Code Blue.”
According to weather reports on Monday afternoon, Tuesday’s low will be 20 degrees, following to highs on Wednesday and Thursday in the mid-30s.
The EMA reminds the community of three 2017 on-call churches that will act as an emergency shelter for the homeless during the “Code Blue:”
- Emmaus Rd. Luthern Church
- 2185 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd., Levittown, PA 19057
- AHTN Number 215-550-3868
- Doors open at 9 p.m.
- Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church
- 1401 Meetinghouse Rd., Warminster, PA 18974
- Central Info 866-390-0291
- Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
- Quakertown Masonic Lodge
- 501 W. Broad St., Quakertown, PA 18951
- Upper Bucks 267-450-5191
- Doors open at 9 p.m.
Scott Forster, County Emergency Managment Director, as well as Health Director Dr. David Damsker, notified local public safety officials of the Code Blue, brought about to protect residents.
“There are some dangers being outside in cold weather all the time, whether you’re a worker doing a job in the cold or someone whose heating system isn’t working too well,” Dr. Damsker explained. “It’s important that you’re aware and prepared when the temperatures drop that low.”
Hypothermia, when your body temperature drops too low, and frostbite, when your skin and tissue freeze, are the two major threats residents should watch out for during a “Code Blue.”
“By the time you realize what’s going on you may not be able to do anything about it,” Dr. Damsker said.
He explained, warning signs of hypothermia include confusion, tiredness, and cloudy judgment. Frostbite, especially to extremities like nose, fingers, and toes, needs immediate warmth as there are consequences of amputation.
Dr. Damsker explained the expected 20 mph windchill is what caused the “Code Blue” declaration. Residents are encouraged to keep a close eye on pets and to check on their elderly neighbors.
Bucks County offers on-call shelters all year around, for more information:
- Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need: http://www.ahtn.org/
- Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless: http://www.co2ssh.org/default.html
- Upper Bucks Information: www.facebook.com/Upper-Bucks-Code-Blue-311731318930218/