City issues Code Blue due to chilly forecast

Rachel Kurland
January 09, 2019 - 5:15 pm
Code Blue

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia has issued a Code Blue in effect due to the chilly forecast anticipated through the weekend.

During a Code Blue, the city makes sure people who are homeless have access to safe indoor spaces, and all available beds within the emergency housing network are made accessible.

Liz Hersh with the City of Philadelphia says the initiative takes extra steps to keep homeless people safe. 

"People don't have to leave shelters during the day. There's extra outreach available, so the whole idea is about keeping people warm and safe when the weather is really dangerously cold," Hersh said. 

Homeless people are also allowed to stay inside emergency housing throughout the day.

If you see a person who appears to be homeless during a Code Blue, call the outreach hotline at 215-232-1984.

"Tell the location where the person is and we will get a team out there as soon as possible to try and get them," Hersh added. 

Pet owners are also reminded to keep animals inside during a Code Blue. Owners can be fined $500 if their pets do not have safe shelters.

To stay up-to-date on developing weather, you can sign up for the city's mass notification system, ReadyPhiladelphia. Users receive updates via text or email. Text READYPHILA to 888-777 to sign up for text messages.

KYW Newsradio's Justin Udo contributed to this report.