Code Blue alert issued for Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - A Code Blue cold weather alert has been declared for Friday in Baltimore City for an impending extended drop in temperature and high winds.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot says the cold temperatures are a potential danger to health.

The Code Blue alert extends hours at emergency shelters, and emergency workers will be outreaching to residents who might be considered vulnerable.

The cold weather alert is expected to be in effect through Saturday morning.

ABC2 is working for you with tips from the Baltimore City Health Department on how to stay safe in cold weather conditions.

  • Wear multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Always wear a head covering, like a hat and/or scarf, when outdoors.
  • Keep space heaters and candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture and loose clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Check on those who are elderly and/or chronically ill.
  • Provide appropriate shelter for domestic animals.


Baltimore city will have 14 emergency shelters in operation. 
Shelters for Individuals/Single Adults
Weinberg Housing & Resource Center (HRC)
Open 24 hours 
620 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202           443-478-3777
275 (175 men, 75 women, and 25 convalescent care). On Code Blue days, the HRC can serve an additional 25 women and 35 men in the day rooms.
Women's Overflow Shelter        
Clients are transported from the HRC between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.            
8 separate locations       
60 women
Men's Overflow Shelter                              
Clients are transported from the HRC at 8:30 p.m.
Undisclosed location
100 men
American Rescue Workers
Open between 4:30pm and 6pm until 7am. 
Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis during  weather.          
1401 South Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21230            
410-539-0816     45 men (can take an additional 10 men in bad weather)
Baltimore Rescue Mission
Open at 5pm (Mon., Wed., and Fri.) and 6pm (Tues., Thurs, and Weekends) until 6:30am.            4 North Central Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202-4622        
 410-342-2533    180 men
Helping Up Mission
Open at 3pm until 6 am. Hours and intake may be modified if warranted by weather conditions.               1029 East Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21202
410-675-7500    50 men
Shelter intake: Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the last Saturday of the month from 8am until noon.  (Shelter intake will be done during off-hours on severe weather days.)
Day Center open 9am -5pm, 7 days a week. Hours may be added during inclement weather periods. Overflow will be directed to City Shelter.         
301-321 North High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-9626     40 (20 men and 20 women)
Project PLASE   
24 hour staff. Intake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Can enter later if already accepted.   
(3 locations: 139 E. North Ave.; 201 E. North Ave; 1814 Maryland Ave)    
410-837-1400, ext.221 or 227
410-837-1481 or 410-837-1482
65 person capacity
Shelters for Women with Children
Christ Lutheran Place (women & women with children)
Open 24 hours 
701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202           
40 person capacity
Salvation Army/Booth House (women & families)           
Open 24 hours 
1114 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202         
42 beds (15 beds contracted to DSS)
Mount Street/Sarah's Hope (women & women with children)  
Open 24 hours 
1114 Mount Street, Baltimore, MD 21217             
410-396-2204 or   410-396-2205 
75 person capacity
Karis Home (women & women with children)    
Open between 5pm and 8am.  Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis during inclement weather.       
1228 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21202              
30 person capacity
Shelters for Homeless Youth (ages 14-17)
Loving Arms      
24 hours              
3313 Oakfield Ave.         
8 person capacity
Rose Street       
24 hours (intake between 9 and 12)       
2525 E. Madison St.        
7 person capacity
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