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Code Blue Emergency Declared for the Weekend

Temperatures are expected to dip into the twenties and teens over the next several days.

This release was sent in by the Montgomery County Department of Health.

The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.

The Code Blue Declaration has been issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning at 6:00PM on Thursday, December 27, 2012 until 6:00PM on Monday, December 31, 2012.

A Code Blue Cold Weather declaration is made in Montgomery County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter.  A Code Blue is called when the combination of air temperature and wind chill is anticipated to be 20ºF or less.

For general cold weather information, check the Montgomery County Health Department website:

http://health.montcopa.org/health/cwp/view,A,3,Q,69175.asp

According to a Facebook post by the Royersford Borough Emergency Operations Center, four "warming centers" will be available for people who need a place to go out of the cold:

- Norristown Salvation Army at 533 Swede Street in Norristown, PA 
- Coordinated Homeless Outreach at Norristown State Hospital, Bldg. 53 
- Pottstown Salvation Army at 137 King Street in Pottstown, PA 
- Trinity Lutheran Church at 1000 West Main Street in Lansdale, PA 

Jennifer December 28, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Yes they do, a friend of mine who worked at the shelter told me they were responsible for driving around and looking for homeless people and taking them to the shelter IF they wanted to go.
Ruth December 28, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I am glad to hear that Jennifer. That is true, you cannot force them to go if they do not want to go.
Jennifer December 29, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Yeah it is sad Ruth, Sometimes no matter how much you want to help someone they just want to be left alone. I hope the are all safe and warm
Terravia D. Green December 30, 2012 at 07:08 AM
As one that was homeless some of the homeless stay outside of the warming centers because of how they are treated or drugs or other things.they really need more homeless centers anyway and a way to really give people hope to want to come in out of the cold some people that work in the outreach building could use some classes in REAL COMPASSION TOWARDS THE HOMELESS. I WENT THROUGH THE PROGRAM AT BUILDING 53 WHEN IT FIRST OPEN I VOWED I WOULD NEVER BE HOMELESS AGAIN. Back than in 2004-2005 their many of us that were mistreated in many ways by the workers that is why and how building 53 came about. People need talk and listening to the homeless sometimes they will fill you in on the real deal most of time.
Ruth December 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I lived in a city where I knew the homeless were staying. I went every other day to visit them and to give them hope. The homeless are friendly if you are friendly to them. I got to know them on a first name basis. I have a son who was homeless at one time. He did not tell us he was homeless. We went to visit him and found out. We immediately brought him to where we live. He did not want to stay with us, so we took him to a friend and he is still living there. He is not homeless any more. Where I live now, I do not know where the homeless live. How do I find out? I will go and visit them.

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