“Code Blue” Frigid Weather Alert Declared for Lackawanna County

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Lackawanna County –The Lackawanna County Commissioners are declaring a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert, beginning at 7 PM on Monday, January 10th and ending at noon on Wednesday January 12th. This decision was made by utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperatures (including wind chills) are expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.  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.

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 8 p.m. during the week. Closed Wednesday.  Weekend hours vary.)

-         St.
Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton, (hours: 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.)

-         Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton, (hours: 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.)