With the coldest morning of the year approaching this weekend, Atlantic County has issued a Code Blue alert effective 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 through the morning hours of Monday, Feb. 17.

A Code Blue alert is required to be issued within 24-48 hours of weather conditions when temperatures will reach 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower with or without precipitation or wind-chill temperatures of 0 degrees or less for a period of two or more hours.

The Code Blue alert is intended to assist municipalities in protecting citizens who may be living outdoors or in poorly insulated settings and are at risk for weather-related exposure and possible death.

Any resident who experiences a life-threatening emergency should call 911. Non-life threatening emergencies may be reported to your local municipal office of emergency management.

Contact information for all offices is available online at:  www.readyatlantic.org/mainpages/localems.asp

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.