Code Blue weather advisories issued in Philadelphia area

People wearing face masks walk through Philadelphia

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk in Philadelphia, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Code Blue emergency advisories are being issued in the region to protect people from dangerously cold temperatures.

In Philadelphia, the advisory is in effect through noon on Thursday. Montgomery County’s advisory will be in effect between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.

During this time, it’s expected that either the temperature or the wind chill will be below 20 degrees. Such conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter, officials said.

Local residents are urged to put antifreeze in their cars, ensure that they have full tanks of gas and fully inflated tires, and are stocked with emergency kits. Residents also should check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, wear appropriate clothing, and limit their pets’ outdoor activities.

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People are urged to check on elderly friends and neighbors, and to call or text 911 if someone is in need of assistance.

Montgomery County residents in need of emergency shelter during the Code Blue can call the Your Way Home Call Center at 211 or text their zip code to 898-211.

To help a person in need of shelter in Philadelphia, call the city’s homeless outreach hotline at 215-232-1984.

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