Baltimore issues Code Blue Alert

Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 09:04:41-05

Baltimore issued a Code Blue Alert Friday.  

City Health Commissioner Leana Wen announced the alert Thursday night and extended it to Friday morning.

A Code Blue can be declared when temperatures, including the wind chill, are expected to be 13 degrees or below or when other conditions, like strong winds or extended periods of cold, are determined severe enough to pose a threat to vulnerable people living in the city.

Officials suggest following these recommendations to stay warm:

  • Dress in layers, stay hydrated, and check on vulnerable neighbors.
  • Call 3-1-1 for help if you or anyone you know doesn't have heat or power .
  • Check for warming centers located in you area.
  • Bring pets and potted plants inside.

RELATED: Where and how to stay warm in extreme cold weather

During a Code Blue alert, city agencies will distribute meals to at risk senior citizens, help people weatherproof their home and apply for energy assistance.

This is the third Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season.

Download the ABC2 News app for the iPhone, Kindle and Android