Code Blue issued for Baltimore City as winter weather approaches

BALTIMORE - With extremely low temperatures forecast for the Baltimore area , the city Department of Health has declared a Code Blue weather alert effective at 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday.

According to the Department of Health, Code Blue is a multi-agency coordinated approach to providing vulnerable populations in Baltimore City with relief from extreme cold weather. The program's goal is to reduce the number of hypothermia deaths and related illnesses in the city.

As a result of the Code Blue declaration, emergency shelters will keep extended hours and emergency workers will conduct outreach for vulnerable residents.

During a Code Blue, the Mayor's Office of Human Services will operate a 24-hour housing and resource center for men and women at 620 Fallsway with 60 beds available for residents seeking meals and sleeping quarters. Private homeless shelters will be encouraged to extend their hours and keep people indoors.

Additional cold weather resources for the public and a listing of city and private shelters is available on the Health Department's Code Blue website . For other cold-related inquiries and service requests, or to find a nearby homeless shelter, residents can call 311 (410-396-3100 after hours).

This is the third Code Blue declaration this winter. There were 10 Code Blue days and five cold weather-related deaths in Baltimore City last winter. The year before that, there were 11 Code Blue days and three hypothermia-related deaths, according to the city Department of Health.

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