As the next storm system moving into our region brings with it more arctic air, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) joins the county Health Department to continue the “Code Blue” declaration through 7 a.m. Thursday, March 6. The Code Blue activated Wednesday, February 26, was set to expire at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 2; however the National Weather Service is predicting, after a short, small warm up Sunday, a new system will impact the area, bringing hazardous weather and lows in the teens for most of the week. The EMA has made arrangements with the on-call churches, Calvary Baptist in Bristol, Andrews Hall in Doylestown Presbyterian Church and St. Isidore’s Roman Catholic Church in Quakertown. The on-call churches will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities.
County Emergency Services 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. 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.