City officials made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
Due to extremely cold temperatures and the wind chill in the forecast, a Code Blue is now in effect. The City is taking special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. Call 215-232-1984 if you see someone who needs shelter ➡️ https://t.co/2of1bLWRkY pic.twitter.com/xyutC9LgwT— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) January 9, 2019
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.
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 was enacted in Philadelphia on Wednesday and will remain in effect until further notice. If you see someone sleeping out in the cold, you can call the city’s outreach hotline at (215) 232-1984 to help. https://t.co/ilXe91uYnf@PhiladelphiaGov pic.twitter.com/pJFyvYTGEa— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) January 10, 2019
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.
BRING PETS INDOORS: The City of Philadelphia has declared a Code Blue, which means all pets should be brought inside. If you see a cat or dog left outdoors, call ACCT Philly at (267) 385-3800. Details: https://t.co/1iVf8h5ThZ pic.twitter.com/PC1Cp7LdWY— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) January 10, 2019