How Is Jersey Taking The Cold Snap? [AUDIO]
Bitter Arctic air continues to plague the Garden State with unbearable temperatures. Just think - just six months ago, we were all complaining about 90 degree weather and a series of heatwaves during the Summer season. Now, it's a total 180.
It looks like the cold snap we've been experiencing for the last few days will be with us a little while longer with snow forecast for tomorrow.
While many of us have the luxury of heat, blankets and scarfs, others aren't so lucky. However, there are plenty of options out there.
The homeless population around the state is in dire need right now of sheltering. Several counties are working on plans to bring people into warmer places. In Atlantic City for example, officials have launched their Code Blue program. Representatives from their Office of Emergency Management are fanning out around the area to bring people much needed layers and a heated place to stay.
In Ocean County, their Code Blue program is ongoing all year-round with services offered to those in need 365 days a year, regardless of the weather. Minister Steve Brigham is the leader of Lakewood's Tent City, an encampment of about 80 homeless people living out in the woods.
He says right now, things are "brutal and they only have a few tools at their disposal. We have portable heaters and stoves for them to use but some days when temps are in the teens, it isn't enough."
But Ryan Riley, with the Ocean County Department of Human Services, says, "We have sheltering available for anyone who needs it. The mission is more critical when the weather is this bad."
Medical emergencies have been on the rise since the cold snap began. According to Bill Dalsey, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, people are being admitted to the E.R. with several ailments ranging from the minor to the severe.
Dalsey explains, "We have seen people come in with hypothermia and frostbite to the common flu and even slips and falls thanks to icy patches."
He recommends the usual - stay bundled up, turn up the heat and use common sense.
If you know someone who needs sheltering in Ocean County, call 732-349-1500 .