‘Code Blue’ activated amid freezing temperatures in New York

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The New York City Department of Homelessness Services (NYCDHS) issued a code blue Monday evening as temperatures dropped well below freezing.

The advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday, the agency said.

“If you see a homeless person outside in these freezing temperatures, please call us on 311,” the city’s 311 account wrote on Twitter.

The alert is issued when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., including National Weather Service calculations for wind chill values, NYCDCHS said.

The National Weather Service said wind chill values ​​on Staten Island are expected to be between 10 and 15 degrees tonight. Temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees on Tuesday, although wind chill values ​​can put it in the 10-20 degree range.

During Code Blue alerts, a homeless shelter is available system-wide for anyone brought to a shelter by outreach teams. Housing is also available for walk-ins.

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