Lackawanna County Commissioners declare ‘Code Blue’ frigid weather alert


SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Commissioners declared a “Code Blue” frigid weather alert, which began at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 and will end at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

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 alert was declared utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, N.Y. and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency.

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

• St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive St., 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

• Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather may be found online at Alerts will also be posted on the county’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period.