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 cent0ers. Please contact your local Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for more information.
ACTIVE CODE BLUE ALERTS
- Bergen County: A Code Blue has been activated for Bergen County starting on February 25, 2019 until further notice.
- Hudson County: Homeless Warming Center procedures for Hudson County are in place from November 15 through March 31, 2019 whether there has been an activated code blue or not. Homeless individuals in need of assistance during this time period should call the Hudson County Homeless Hotline at 1.800.624.0287.
- Hunterdon County: A Code Blue has been activated for Hunterdon County for the evening and overnight of March 19, 2019.
- Morris County: A Code Blue has been activated for Morris County for the evening and overnight of March 19, 2019.
- Sussex County: Sussex County does not have designated overnight shelters or warming centers. If you are in need of assistance during cold weather, call Sussex County Homeless Services on week days at 973.383.3600. After hours and on weekends and holidays, call the Sussex County After Hours Homeless Response Team at 973.940.8869.
- Warren County: Warren County does not have designated overnight shelters or warming centers. If you are in need of assistance during cold weather call Warren County Homeless Services on week days at 908.249.4815. After hours and on weekends and holidays, call the Warren County Homeless Hotline After Hours at 877.661.4357.
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.