Sonoma County activates ‘Code Blue’ in response to frigid temps

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SANTA ROSA (KRON) – The wintery cold weather in the North Bay which is expected to bring frigid temperatures over the next week has prompted Sonoma County officials to activate a “Code Blue” advisory calling aimed at protecting the homeless.

Effective Thursday, December 31, 2015, Sonoma County will be extending the “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

“This advisory requests that all homeless service agencies expand beds and open warming facilities in an effort to proactively mitigate cold-weather impacts on Sonoma County’s homeless population,” the county said in a statement.

A Code Blue advisory is issued when a combination of low temperatures, wind chill, and rainfall may be hazardous for unsheltered persons, according to county officials.

The advisory will remain in effect and reassessed based on the latest weather conditions.

“Volunteers are needed to help staff shifts at local shelters, warming stations, as well as to provide outreach about navigation support to the County’s homeless population. Donations of warm items (jackets, clothing, blankets, etc.) are also needed,” they said.

The latest information on open shelters, volunteering, and donations can be obtained by calling 2-1-1, or online at www.211sonoma.org and at the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at 855-707-4678.

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