Lackawanna County declares ‘Code Blue’ frigid weather alert

First Posted: 1/5/2015

Based on current cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners declared a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert, lasting the week.

Based on forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” is declared for Lackawanna County beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 5 and ending at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.

A “Code Blue” alert is issued when the forecasted temperature in Lackawanna County (including wind chills) is expected to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. If necessary, based on weather conditions, an extension of the alert may be issued.

The goal of the alert is to make people aware of the extremely cold conditions, provide information relating to health and wellness in cold weather, and provide the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

  • KRMA Shelter at Bethel AME Church, 716 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton, from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Ave., Scranton, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen.

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