New York City authorities activated Code Blue on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m., which takes effect when temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. , due to the conditions that the winter storm brings.
No homeless are denied access to City-run shelters during Code Blue.
Authorities urged New Yorkers to call 3-1-1 to report homeless people exposed to freezing temperatures and to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency. The city will send an outreach team to offer assistance.
- Shelters: During a Code Blue shelter is available throughout the system to accommodate anyone who is reasonably believed to be homeless and is brought into a shelter by outreach teams. Walk-ins are also available.
- Drop-in Centers: All Drop-In Centers are open 24 hours a day when Code Blue procedures are in effect and will assist as many people as possible for the duration of the emergency. Walk-ins can also make arrangements for the homeless at other facilities in the city.
- Homeless Outreach on the Street: Teams will contact vulnerable people on their Code Blue priority lists to ensure safety and take them to a shelter.
On the other hand, some parts of New Jersey also activated Code Blue, including Bergen County and Essex County. In New Jersey people can call 2-1-1 to report a homeless person in distress and to other numbers depending on the county. In addition, each county has a hotline for their authorities to help people at risk during a Code Blue for information on these numbers by county and on help from homeless shelters during freezing temperatures. visit this page.