The weather outside promises to be a bit frightful later this week, prompting Bucks County emergency management officials to declare a Code Blue beginning 6 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.
According to the latest predictions from the National Weather Service, snowfall is expected for Thursday afternoon, with temperatures dropping from the mid-30s to as low as 19 Friday. Friday night promises to go down to the single-digits, before bouncing back to the high 20s on Saturday and mid-40s on Sunday.
The Bucks County Emergency Management Agency has made arrangements with the on-call churches, Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley, Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham and West Swamp Mennonite Church in Quakertown, to activate their emergency shelters. The on-call churches will coordinate transportation, temporary shelter, food and other necessities.
County Emergency Management Director Scott Forster and Health Director Dr. David Damsker have notified local public safety officials of the Code Blue declaration. They advise all residents to be aware of the severe anticipated weather conditions. County residents are urged to check on their elderly neighbors during this period of frigid weather. Caution also should be taken with pets during the anticipated period of extremely cold temperatures.
The emergency shelters are located at:
- Woodside Presbyterian Church, 1667 Edgewood Rd. in Yardley; (215) 946-2155
- Trinity Episcopal Church, 2631 Durham Rd. in Buckingham; (215) 794-7921
- West Swamp Mennonite Church, 2501 Allentown Rd. in Quakertown; (215) 536-7468
For shelter information, please call the homeless hotline 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.