Code Blue Issued in Lackawanna County

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(WBRE/WYOU–TV) — With temperatures to bottom out in the single digits, Lackawanna County has issued a Code Blue, making it easier for the homeless to find a warm bed through local shelters.

The notice went out early Wednesday afternoon as the temperatures will drop overnight across Lackawanna County. It’s officially Code Blue and on the frigid streets of Scranton, those in need will have a place to get out of the cold.

The office of the Commissioners of Lackawanna County put out the alert that Code Blue is in effect Wednesday night. The goal is to let those who are homeless and in need know to get to local shelters. Those shelters, in turn, can better serve the community in times likes these where the weather can be brutal.

“Well, we’re really excited about partnering with the city of Scranton and Lackawanna County. They’ve asked us to manage this part of the Code Blue so that our homeless population and others in need can have a place that’s warm to stay,” Keystone Mission facilities manager John Griffin said.

Code Blue goes into effect when there’s either more than a foot of snow forecasted for the night or the temperature drops below 20 degrees. With lows in the county projected in the single digits, the hope is by now, everyone who needs a warm place to sleep has one.

That Code Blue will remain in effect through Friday morning. You can look for the notices on varying government and shelter social media outlets or just check in with PAHomePage.org.

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Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners declared a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert. A “Code Blue” is in effect for Lackawanna County, beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th, and ending at 8 a.m. on Friday, December 20th.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of this notification is to: make people aware of the extremely cold conditions; provide information related to health and wellness in the cold weather; and publicize the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

  • During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:
  • – Keystone Mission, Weston Field House, 982 Providence Road (doors open at 9 p.m.)
  • – St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • – Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting www.lackawannacounty.org and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the county’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.

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