Code Blue notifications and resources opened in response to severe cold or storm events change as quickly as the weather. This listing reflects information most recently received but you should always call ahead to confirm that the locations noted are still available. If there are no records listed below, the county has not identified any warming centers. Please contact your local Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for more information.
ACTIVE CODE BLUE ALERTS
- Bergen County: Code Blue will be in effect on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20. Individuals in need of assistance should call the Bergen County Housing, Health, and Human Services Center at 201.336.6475. They can also call their local police department non-emergency phone number.
- Burlington County: Code Blue will remain activated through 8:00 AM on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
- Cumberland County: A Code Blue is being declared for Tuesday, February 19 - Wednesday, February 20, 2019. For assistance call the Cumberland County Homeless Hotline at 856.825.3144.
- Essex County: A Code Blue has been called for Essex County from 12 Noon on Wednesday, February 20 through 12 Noon on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
- Gloucester County: A Code Blue has been declared on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 8:00 PM through Thursday, February 21, 2019 until 8:00 AM. Shelter is available from 8:00 PM - 8:00 AM during the days noted. Call 800.648.0132 for assistance in finding shelter locations.
- Hudson County: Code Blue/Winter Emergency Protocols are active from November 15, 2018 - March 31, 2019. A Code Blue has been activated for Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
- Hunterdon County: A Code Blue has been declared during the overnight of Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Hunterdon County residents in need of shelter during evening hours should call the Hunterdon County Evening Homeless Hotline at 908.782.4357 or 800.272.4630.
- Mercer County: A Code Blue has been activated for Mercer County starting on January 29, 2019 until further notice. Mercer County residents in need of assistance during a Code Blue should contact the Trenton Rescue Mission at 609.695.6479.
- Middlesex County: A Code Blue has been activated for the nights of Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Middlesex County residents in need of shelter during the overnight hours should dial 2-1-1.
- Monmouth County: A Code Blue has been called for 6:00 pm on Monday, February 18, 2019 - 9:00 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2019; 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
- Morris County: A Code Blue is called for Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
- Passaic County: A Code Blue is in effect until further notice.
- Somerset County: A Code Blue has been activated for Somerset County starting on February 8, 2019 until further notice.
- Sussex County: At this time Sussex County does not have any overnight shelters available. Individuals in need of shelter during cold weather should contact the homeless hotline. Daytime 973.383.3600. After hours 973.940.8869.
- Union County: A Code Blue has been activated for Union County on February 19 and February 20, 2019. After hours call the Union County Hotline at 908.249.4815.
- Warren County: At this time Warren County does not have any overnight shelters available. Individuals in need of shelter during cold weather should contact the homeless hotline. Daytime 908.249.4815. After hours 908.661.4357.
How Code Blue Works
When temperatures drop below freezing, and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless or medically fragile, a network of agencies throughout New Jersey helps people obtain shelter, food, and clothing. During times such as these, county or municipal government will often initiate a Code Blue Alert which enables authorities to take homeless adults to shelter programs that have agreed to make additional beds available. Warming Centers are also opened during stated hours to provide residents with a place that they can go to warm up and escape the harsh weather conditions.
County Offices of Emergency Management together with county government will communicate Code Blue Alerts and the opening of Warming Centers through local media and social media outlets. Often this information is also posted on municipal and county websites. Additionally, many counties have started sharing this information with NJ 2-1-1. As we hear of locations that are available when a Code Blue Alert is activated, the information will be made available here. In addition to the specified warming center locations, public libraries, shopping centers, and senior activity centers are also available for individuals to use as a warming center during operating hours. This information is also available below.
A Homeless Hotline for each county is also provided as a resource for assistance for those who are homeless. Homeless Hotlines should be used for 24/7 assistance in locating shelter and relief from the extreme weather conditions. To find additional resources (beyond what is noted below) in your area, search our resource database (in the search bar at the top of this page) using the search term: emergency shelter. To get further details on a county’s homeless hotline and shelter, search using the term: emergency shelter clearinghouses.