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January 23, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
With bitter cold weather expected to linger for several days, and yet another winter snowstorm possible Tuesday into Wednesday, Philadelphia and Camden and most suburban counties have issued or extended "code-blue" alerts aimed at moving homeless people off the streets and into shelters. The temperature is expected to drop well into the single digits across the region Sunday night. According to AccuWeather, Monday will be the coldest of the next four days, with a high of 19. Conditions are expected to rebound into the upper 30s Wednesday, when snow and rain are predicted.
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January 19, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Get ready for the chilliest days so far this winter. Tuesday and Wednesday should have subfreezing highs, and lows that could dip into the teens, producing windchills of 10 degrees or below. And that's just in Philadelphia. Outlying areas are usually colder. Downingtown and Doylestown, for example, could see highs in the mid 20s and lows in the mid teens. Windchills could fall below zero at Mount Pocono on Wednesday morning. After a few sunny days - with a high today in the upper 30s and highs in the 40s over the weekend - the prospect may seem jarring.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1988 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the end, the decision to close St. Mary Hospital, the financially troubled medical center in Fishtown, came down to a matter of economics. Simply put, the 128-year-old hospital had neither the patients nor the revenues to justify staying in business. In medical jargon, its financial condition was Code Blue. Admissions at the hospital had plummeted 22 percent since 1982. Only about half of the 160 beds being staffed were actually occupied. And those were filled for the most part with elderly or poor patients.
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January 5, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rick Trout was shocked to find a baby boy bundled in a blanket at the Delanco Presbyterian Church shelter. The baby's mother and two siblings arrived early Sunday homeless and cold, said Trout, coordinator for one of three Burlington County shelters. "To see this baby wrapped up on a cot," Trout said, pausing. "We got them help, they were fed, they now have housing and they are warm. " Throughout the region, the homeless and poor are struggling to stay warm as temperatures plunge below freezing.
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November 26, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region was jolted by its first cold snap Sunday, prompting Philadelphia to declare a Code Blue emergency, hospitals to prepare for overnight patients, and purveyors of gloves and mittens to stock the shelves. Christmas tree vendors rejoiced. Temperatures were 30 degrees nippier than a week ago, making the chill feel extra frosty - and taking many by surprise. "When it gets cold this quickly, the homeless people who are living on the street don't always expect it," said Carol Thomas, director of outreach for Project HOME, a Philadelphia nonprofit that focuses on homelessness, "and that puts them at great risk.
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December 30, 1998 | By Matt Stearns, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Anticipating dangerously cold weather for the next few days, Montgomery County officials have declared a weather emergency beginning at noon today. The emergency, which the county calls a "Code Blue," will be in effect until noon Friday. The Code Blue means that county officials expect the combination of air temperature and wind chill to be less than 10 degrees. The National Weather Service yesterday forecast temperatures between the teens and the low 30s until Friday, not including winds.
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December 6, 2006 | By Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sam Santiago peeled back a thin blanket heaped on a Chestnut Hill bench yesterday and found a disoriented, elderly man who had been missing since Nov. 25. Santiago, an outreach worker for Project HOME, was checking on the welfare of the few hundred men and women who sleep on the city streets year-round. Philadelphia had issued a Code Blue on Monday night, a citywide alert for when the wind-chill factor is below 20 degrees or precipitation is combined with sub-freezing temperatures.
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December 27, 1993 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Associated Press contributed to this article
The harshest blast of frigid weather in the season so far frosted most of the eastern half of the nation and prompted a "code blue" yesterday for dealing with the homeless in the city. Strong northerly winds drove in "a true Arctic air mass," Accu-Weather meteorologist Dave Dombek said, and temperatures plunged from Minnesota to Florida. "It originated over the far northern reaches of Canada and Alaska and it all came down," he said. The cold is likely to linger for much of the week, Dombek said.
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December 13, 1993 | By Marjorie Valbrun and Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writer Monica Rhor contributed to this article
Frigid weekend temperatures that brought Philadelphia its coldest day of the year prompted city officials to put area homeless shelters on the first "Code Blue" alert of the winter season. The decision, which came Saturday night as the temperature dropped to 24 degrees, forced homeless shelters to add beds as outreach workers fanned out to shepherd street people in out of the cold. Twenty homeless people were picked up. The special-alert status is called when the National Weather Service predicts temperatures, including the wind-chill factor, lower than 10 degrees.
NEWS
February 7, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood and Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
No one was home around noon yesterday at the vent on the northeast corner of 15th and Spring Garden Streets, where a pigeon picked for food scraps, stepping delicately around a milk crate, a chicken bone, a knit cap, a coat, a blanket and a towel, all damp from the steam. In the midst of a cold-weather emergency, a so-called Code Blue, few of Philadelphia's homeless people were home. From that steam vent in Spring Garden, down into the crowded blocks of Center City, most residents of the streets had gone inside for the night and lingered after the sun came up. And who wouldn't?
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February 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
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February 18, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
THE CITY moved at least 41 homeless people away from exposure to harsh weather from Sunday through yesterday, and more were expected to be relocated by today, authorities said. The Office of Supportive Housing assigned extra outreach teams to bring people in from the extreme cold. They were relocated either to shelters or to places they chose. Roberta Cancellier, the office's deputy director, said some stayed in "overnight cafes," where they got "coffee, soup and just a warm place to be. " One such "cafe" on Broad Street near Pine in Center City, which normally hosts up to 75 people, had 91 on Sunday night into yesterday - 64 men and 27 women, she said.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
While a Code Blue was in effect, one of Burlington County's two homeless shelters was forced to close earlier this month when a shuttered factory erupted in flames and spread to other buildings in the neighborhood. After being closed for five days, the Extended Hand Ministries shelter in Mount Holly has reopened, but now must repair the siding that melted and buckled in the intense heat and the roof damaged during the blaze. Michael Gould, the round-the-clock house manager, said last week that the shelter had resumed providing beds for the six homeless adults who had to be evacuated after a fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. New Year's Day. They were provided with motel rooms while the shelter's electrical system was checked and the walls scrubbed to remove any chemicals emitted during the fire, he said.
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January 10, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The bitter arctic chill that produced the region's coldest day since last January was blamed for at least one death Thursday, Philadelphia police said. An unidentified 64-year-old woman was found dead early Thursday in a Southwest Philadelphia house where the inside temperature had dropped to 10 degrees, and the cold evidently contributed to her death, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. With temperatures fighting to get out of the teens, homeless-services providers were working hard to protect the region's most vulnerable residents from bone-chilling cold.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Note : This story was updated Thursday morning. Area residents woke up Thursday to the winter's first single-digit day, as the temperature at 5 a.m. plunged to 9 degrees, with the winds at the time making it feel like minus 5. And besides the physical misery, the cold caused delays on commuter rail operations around the region - SEPTA, PATCO and NJ Transit RiverLine - and resulted in some packed trains. It hasn't been this cold since Jan. 24 of last year. But hang in there.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the midst of last month's unwelcome arctic blast, animal-control officer Danny Rivera responded to South Philadelphia, where a dog had been left outside with no protection from temperatures that were expected to drop into the 20s. Another officer from the nonprofit Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia had visited the home on Titan Street three days earlier. Rivera was returning to make sure the dog was indoors. A woman led Rivera down into the basement to show that her tan-and-white pit bull was sheltered against the elements and appeared healthy.
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January 8, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia region prepared Monday for a deep freeze that was poised to deliver life-threatening cold and treacherous commutes. The mercury briefly rose to a practically balmy 60 degrees Monday morning in Philadelphia, then steadily fell throughout the day as the arctic air that has been tormenting the Midwest crept eastward. The forecast low was expected to be 7, and Tuesday's high was to inch up only to 12, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a windchill advisory for 12:01 to 5 a.m. The wind chill could plunge to minus-15.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region was jolted by its first cold snap Sunday, prompting Philadelphia to declare a Code Blue emergency, hospitals to prepare for overnight patients, and purveyors of gloves and mittens to stock the shelves. Christmas tree vendors rejoiced. Temperatures were 30 degrees nippier than a week ago, making the chill feel extra frosty - and taking many by surprise. "When it gets cold this quickly, the homeless people who are living on the street don't always expect it," said Carol Thomas, director of outreach for Project HOME, a Philadelphia nonprofit that focuses on homelessness, "and that puts them at great risk.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam did not die Wednesday night. Despite the cold and the untold ounces of Hurricane Malt Liquor he drank; despite shivering uncontrollably in his bed of ragged blankets beneath I-95 in South Philadelphia - Sam survived. That's because a team from Project H.O.M.E. and the city's Department of Behavioral Health cajoled and begged the homeless 52-year-old native of Ho Chi Minh City to let them take him to the emergency room at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the midst of a code-blue alert under a frigid moon.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | BY DERRICK MOORE, Daily News Staff Writer moored@phillynews.com, 215-854-5904
AS A SAX-PLAYING busker in Suburban Station ad-libbed his final bars, stores shuttered for the night Tuesday and two homeless-outreach workers scanned the underground concourse. The workers' goal: Get any people out on the streets - or those hiding out in Suburban Station to avoid the bone-chilling cold - into a shelter. The wind chill was projected to dip to a dangerous 5 degrees. "This is one of our busiest nights," said Stanley Crawley. "It's going to be Code Blue all week.
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