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Bucks County designates emergency shelters following 'code blue' declaration

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 12:56:18 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 12:56:51 PM CST
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In anticipation of yet another round of cold, stormy weather affecting the area, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and county Health Department have issued a “Code Blue” declaration between 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

The National Weather Service is predicting consecutive days of frigid temperatures, in addition to the Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from 10 p.m.Wednesday until 1 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

The EMA has made arrangements with the on-call churches, The Church of Living Hope in Langhorne, Doylestown Presbyterian Church in Andrews Hall in Doylestown and Salem Mennonite Church in Quakertown, to activate their emergency shelters. The on-call churches will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities.

County Emergency Management Director Scott Forster and Health Director Dr. David Damsker have notified local public safety officials of the Code Blue declaration. They advise all residents to be aware of the severe anticipated weather conditions. County residents are urged to check on their elderly neighbors during this period of frigid weather. Caution also should be taken with pets during the anticipated period of extremely cold temperatures.

For shelter information, call the homeless hotline at 1-800-810-4434. For general cold weather information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.