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Sonoma County extending “Code Blue” for Homeless


Sonoma County extending “Code Blue” for Homeless

In response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted through the morning of Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  Code Blue advisory, which extends the request that all participating homeless service agencies continue to expand beds and open warming facilities, is part of the Homelessness Winter Weather Response Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors to proactively mitigate cold-weather impacts on Sonoma County’s homeless population.

A Code Blue advisory is issued during periods of time when temperatures drop below 38 degrees, or 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.  As overnight temperatures are predicted to be at or near freezing throughout the week, the advisory will remain in effect through Sunday morning, when the need for a continuing advisory will be assessed based on the latest weather conditions.

Volunteers are still needed in order to help staff shifts at local shelters, warming stations, as well as to provide outreach about navigation support to the County’s homeless population. Donations of warm items (jackets, clothing, blankets, etc.) are also needed.

The latest information on open shelters, volunteering, and donations can be obtained by calling 2-1-1, or online at and at the Catholic Charities’ Cold Weather Hotline at 855-707-4678.