Code Blue remains in effect in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Code Blue remains in effect in Philadelphia until further notice.

That is the word coming from the Mayor's Office.

The Code Blue declaration began on Christmas Day.

During this time, the City's homeless outreach teams will continue patrolling the streets, encouraging homeless people to come indoors and avoid prolonged exposure to the elements amid dangerously cold temperatures.

City officials are asking the public to call the Homeless Outreach hotline at 215-232-1984 at any time if they see a person who appears to be homeless during a Code Blue.

A Code Blue is declared when the National Weather Bureau predicts a wind chill temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below or precipitation with temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are other hotlines you can call if you are worried about someone in this cold weather.

If you're worried about an elderly person, contact Philadelphia Corporation for Aging at 215-765-9040.

And if you see a pet outside, contact Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team at 267-385-3800.
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