RadioOnFire.com – Baltimore City’s health commissioner has issued a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration effective from Sunday evening to Monday morning
“With dangerously cold temperatures expected, I am issuing a Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration beginning Sunday evening through Monday morning. I encourage residents to stay indoors,” Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said in a statement. “Please be sure to check on neighbors who may be at risk to ensure they have heat and power, and take care to shelter pets.”
A Code Blue alert may be issued when temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13 degrees or below or when other conditions combine to create a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable residents.
This winter, three people have died in Baltimore of cold-related causes.
During a code blue, the city’s response partners work to ensure those in need find shelter.
For those who have to be outside, officials suggest dressing in layers, wearing a hat and scarf and drinking plenty of fluids.
During the Code Blue season, city officials work with homeless shelter providers to extend their hours and provide expanded bed capacity. City agencies work to distribute meals to at-risk seniors, provide home weatherization services, help people apply for energy assistance and provide additional cold weather outreach.