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What is CODE BLUE 2-1-1?

What is CODE BLUE 2-1-1?

“Code Blue” is a term used by emergency services to indicate a life-threatening situation requiring immediate medical attention. In New Jersey, “Code Blue” alerts are issued during severe weather conditions, such as winter storms, when the temperature falls below 32°F (0°C).

During a “Code Blue”. NJ 211, the state’s official information and referral service, coordinates with county and local agencies to provide shelter, food, and other essential services to those in need. This includes people who are homeless, as well as those who may be stranded or without power due to the weather conditions.It is important to take “Code Blue” alerts seriously, and to take steps to protect yourself and those around you, such as staying indoors and dressing warmly. If you or someone you know needs assistance during a “Code Blue”, you can call NJ 211 for information and referral to local resources.

Here is some tips to stay warm

1.     Dress in layers: Wear multiple layers of clothing to stay warm and protect against the cold. Outer layers should be water-resistant, and inner layers should be made of materials that retain heat, such as wool or fleece.

2.     Cover exposed skin: Protect your face, hands, and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, gloves, and insulated boots.

3.     Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty, to avoid dehydration and hypothermia.

4.     Use a heating source safely: If you have access to a heating source, such as a fireplace, stove, or heater, use it safely to avoid fire hazards. Keep flammable materials, such as curtains and bedding, away from heat sources.

5.     Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning: Do not use gasoline-powered generators, grills, or other similar equipment indoors, as they can release carbon monoxide, which is a poisonous gas.

6.     Know the signs of hypothermia: Signs of hypothermia include shivering, confusion, clumsiness, and drowsiness. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

7.     Check on vulnerable individuals: Check on elderly relatives, neighbors, and pets to ensure they are safe and warm during cold weather emergencies.

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