Code Blue Winter Weather Emergency Protocol

CODE BLUE    Winter Weather Emergency Fact Sheet


For this coming winter, in order to meet the most basic needs for those homeless who are unable to secure shelter, the Continuum will be implementing a CODE BLUE Winter Weather Emergency Protocol when:

  • The air temperatures drop to 10 degrees or less, the wind chill is at zero degrees, or below, or
  • When the National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Warning for Lake County or
  • During a significant snow/weather event, as decided by the Continuum of Care, even if the temperature guidelines are not met


The goal of this CODE BLUE Protocol is to notify local social service agencies, churches, and municipalities that severe weather is imminent and thus of the need to provide all homeless persons, sober or not, with a safe haven where they can stay warm.  At a minimum, overnight safe havens will provide sleeping cots, access to restrooms and, if possible, a simple breakfast.  A day-time drop-in center would offer seating, access to restrooms and coffee/water.