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Bucks County Issues First “Code Blue” Weather Declaration of Season – Wednesday, Dec. 14 until Saturday, Dec. 17

December 12, 2016

The National Weather Service is forecasting the season’s first extended period of frigid pre-winter conditions this week. Given that prediction, the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) joins the County Health Department to issue a “Code Blue” declaration. The Code Blue declaration will cover the period of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 through 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016. 

The EMA again has notified the December on-call churches, Emmaus Rod Lutheran Church in Levittown, Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church and Quakertown Masonic Lodge to plan to activate their emergency shelters. The on-call church volunteers will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities. 

In addition, 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 another period of severe 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 extremely cold temperatures.

Bucks County On-Call Churches for Code Blue 

December 1, 2016
December 31, 2016 

For more information on the shelters:

Lower Bucks:
Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need

Central Bucks:
Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless

Upper Bucks:
Advocates for Homeless in Upper Bucks


Emmaus Rd. Lutheran Church
2185 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd.
Levittown, PA 19057
Lower Bucks Info: 215-550-3868 x100
Doors open nightly at 9:00 pm
(26 degrees or below; volunteer dependent)

Neshaminy Warwick Presbyterian Church
1401 Meetinghouse Rd.
Warminster, PA 18974
Central Bucks Info: 866-390-0291
Doors open nightly at 7:30 pm
(26 degrees or below; volunteer dependent)

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad St.
Quakertown, PA 18951
Upper Bucks Info: 267-450-5191
Doors open nightly at 9:00 pm
(26 degrees or below; volunteer dependent)

For more information on the County Code Blue program, go to www.buckscounty.org/codeblue.

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