Wintery Mix Brings "Code Blue" Frigid Weather Alert

January 17, 2020 - 11:31 am
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Utilizing forecasts from the National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY, and in consultation with the Lackawanna County Emergency Management Agency, a “Code Blue” is in effect for Lackawanna County, beginning at 11:30 AM on Friday, January 17, and ending at 6 PM on Saturday, January 18.   During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals can access an emergency shelter at the following locations:

Keystone Mission, Weston Field House, 982 Providence Road, (doors open at 9 p.m.)

St. Anthony’s Haven, 409 Olive Street, Scranton, (hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.)

Community Intervention Center, 445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton, (hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Information on personal health and safety during freezing weather can be found on the Lackawanna County homepage by visiting and clicking on the “Code Blue Alert” icon on the right side of the screen. Alerts will also be posted on the County’s social media outlets for the duration of the advisory period. 

Also  as Pennsylvanians prepare for winter weather this weekend, the Wolf Administration is encouraging residents to take steps to remain healthy and safe to prevent injury.

When shoveling snow, it is important for people to consider their physical fitness. Those who are not used to strenuous physical activity can quickly become tired from shoveling. Follow these additional tips to make removing snow safer:

Consider shoveling in shifts instead of all at once;

Take breaks and drink water to prevent dehydration;

Push snow instead of lifting it – if you must lift, bend your legs and not your back;

Avoid twisting motions that can stress your back; and

If using a snow blower, follow all safety instructions and stay aware of others who may be nearby.

For more information on staying safe during winter weather, visit the Department of Health’s website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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