In anticipation of yet another round of cold, stormy weather affecting the area, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) joins the county Health Department to issue a “Code Blue” declaration between 7 p.m. Saturday, February 15 and 7 a.m. Monday, February 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. today until 1 a.m. on Friday, February 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, please call the homeless hotline at 1-800-810-4434. For general cold weather information, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter.
In advance of the anticipated snow storm, county residents are advised that a potential delay or closure of non-essential county government offices will be posted to the main county telephone number, 1-215-348-6000, to the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and to the county’s social media outlets (@BucksCountyGovt on Twitter and Bucks County Govt on Facebook) before 6 a.m. Local television, radio and print/online media outlets also will be notified of any delay or closure.
Residents are advised to prepare for potential power outages by having supplies both in their residences and in their vehicles. A convenient citizen’s emergency protection guide is linked to the county website at:
Residents also are encouraged to sign up for weather and other public safety notifications through ReadyNotifyPA. That link is located in the middle of the www.BucksCounty.org home page. Given the severity of this winter, drivers are reminded to avoid the many potholes that have developed throughout the region.