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Sonoma County Extends Cold Weather CODE BLUE Response

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Sonoma County Extends Cold Weather CODE BLUE Response

Advisory extended through Saturday due to forecast of extremely cold weather throughout the week

Sonoma County has extended the “Code Blue” Cold Weather Response advisory issued on December 26th through Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the upcoming week.  The advisory requests that all homeless service agencies expand beds and open warming facilities, consistent with the Homelessness Winter Weather Response Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors on November 4th, 2014.

A Code Blue advisory is issued when temperatures drop below 38 degrees, when the wind chill reduces the effective temperature below 38 degrees, or when rainfall makes it difficult or impossible for unsheltered individuals to remain dry. 

Several homeless service agencies assist in this countywide cold weather response, including  Catholic Charities and Redwood Gospel Mission in Santa Rosa, COTS in Petaluma, The Haven in Sonoma, and the Community Family Services Agency in Guerneville.  The latest information on shelters and donation needs can be obtained through 2-1-1 and the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at 707-800-2927.

Due to the cold weather experienced over the weekend, Catholic Charities is reporting that their supplies of blankets, coats, hats, and other warming items have either run out or are in danger of running out imminently.  Those wishing to help with this critical need can drop items off at the Family Support Center at 465 A Street in Santa Rosa.  Those interested in volunteering or making donations should contact Jennielynn Holmes at 707-800-2372 or by email at jholmes@srcharities.org