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County Issues a Code Blue Declaration as Winter Storm Brings Artic Chill

March 4, 2019

Media contact: Juliet Kelchner, 215-348-6414, jekelchner@buckscounty.org

The county waking to multiple inches of snow today was just the beginning of what is going to be another bitterly cold week, including night time lows barely breaking into the teens. The chilling temperatures, as well as the possibility of more snow Friday into Friday night has led the Bucks County Commissioners, in conjunction with the county Departments of Health and Emergency Management, to declare a Code Blue.

The declaration is effective at 7 p.m. tonight, and will extend until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019.

For the duration of the Code Blue period, adults-only overnight shelters will be open in Lower, Central and Upper Bucks County for those in need of cold-weather housing. No one under age 18 will be admitted.

The available overnight shelters for this time period are:

  • Lower Bucks: Emilie United Methodist Church, 7300 New Falls Road, Levittown. Opens at 9 p.m.
  • Central Bucks: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown. Opens at 7:30 p.m.
  • Upper Bucks: Quakertown Masonic Lodge, 501 West Broad Street, Quakertown. Opens at 8:15 p.m.

Emergency Management has notified the above shelters of the Code Blue declaration. On-call volunteers from each location will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities. Local public safety departments also have been alerted.

All county residents are urged to monitor their pets and any neighbors who are elderly or have special needs during times of extreme weather.

For more information on the shelters, please visit:

For additional shelter information, please call Bucks County Housing Link at 1-800-810-4434. For general cold weather information, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter.