After a few days of warm temperatures, the Camden County Health Officer issued an advisory that has become all too familiar this winter.
Camden County will be under a “Code Blue” severe weather advisory through Friday morning. The advisory takes effect 6 p.m. Thursday and expires at 7 a.m. on Friday.
“Today’s mild temperatures will quickly turn cold and stormy so we are advising residents to avoid going outside for extended periods of time,” Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department, said. “It will be bitterly cold overnight, and we need everyone to be sheltered and out of the elements.”
Despite temperatures in the 60s each of the past few days, a major change is expected over the next 24 hours, including strong to severe thunderstorms that are expected to bring winds in excess of 40 and 50 miles an hour between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday night. This may be followed by flurries or overnight snow showers that may result in some accumulation.
Temperatures are expected to plummet overnight and may result in the re-freezing of wet surfaces. Cold weather is expected to remain in place through Friday.
When the Camden County Health Officer declares a Severe Weather Emergency, municipalities with homeless populations, situational homeless or transient populations are expected to activate their Code Blue response plan to accommodate their immediate needs.
The Camden County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management have worked with each municipality to ensure they have the proper resources to respond to these severe weather situations as part of their individual Code Blue plans. Each municipality has identified its own location to accommodate those in their community seeking shelter from the severe weather.
“During these weather emergencies, we encourage everyone to check on elderly or handicapped relatives and neighbors that live alone,” Rodriguez said. “It is important that most vulnerable among us are not left without heat or electricity.”
Persons seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality.