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— Code Red Alert —

A “Code Red” hot weather alert for periods of severe heat and humidity to provide the community with up-to-date hot weather information. The goal of the notification is to make people aware of the dangers of extremely hot conditions and to provide them with the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies. By utilizing information from the County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and National Weather Service (NWS), the Commissioners will declare an alert when a heat index factor of 100°F or greater is predicted.

The alerts will be in place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on each of the days that an alert is in place.

During a “Code Red” alert, homeless individuals seeking shelter can access the following locations:
Community Intervention Center


445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton
Phone: (570) 342-4298
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Male and Female- No Children
St. Anthony’s Haven


409 Olive Street, Scranton
Phone: (570) 342-1295 ext. 204
Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Male and Female- No Children
Alerts will be posted on the County’s website and social media outlets. The media will also receive the information for notification in the newspaper and announcements on area radio and television stations.

The County’s website and social media outlets will also feature cold weather safety advice and wellness tips, which can be accessed below.

  • Preparing for Extreme Heat: Stay healthy and conserve energy with tips and information from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
  • Pets and Hot Weather: Don’t forget to keep your animals cool and hydrated with information from the American Red Cross.
  • Heat Stress in the Elderly: Older individuals face extra risks from extreme heat and humidity. Help your elderly friends and neighbors to stay healthy with information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • National Weather Service: The NWS at Binghamton provides interactive forecasts for weather in and around Lackawanna County.
  • Working in Hot Weather: Being exposed to extreme heat conditions on the job can be a significant hazard for workers. Stay safe and cool at work with advice from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Stay Safe from Lightning: With hot weather comes increased risk of lightning strikes from thunderstorms. Learn how to minimize your risk of being hit by lightning with these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Travel Info to Go: Get up to the minute information on highway travel conditions across Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on the 511PA.com site.
  • Fireworks Safety: If you plan on using fireworks during your outdoor festivities, check out these tips and regulations on fireworks in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania State Police.
  • Athlete Safety in Extreme Heat: Athletes playing or practicing outdoors are at extra risk of heat-related illnesses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tips to keep athletes hydrated and healthy in hot weather.

 

Shelter Contacts
— Code Blue Alert —

To provide our community with up-to-date cold weather information, the Lackawanna County Commissioners are implementing a “Code Blue” alert for periods of bitter cold and frigid wind chills.Utilizing information from the County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and National Weather Service (NWS), the Commissioners will declare an alert when the wind chill factor of 20°F or below is predicted. The goal of the notification is to make people aware of the extremely cold conditions, and to provide the locations of emergency homeless shelters that are operated by area social service agencies.

The declaration will remain in effect until the weather conditions no longer pose health risks.

During a “Code Blue” alert, homeless individuals seeking shelter can access the following locations:
Bethel AME Church Shelter


716 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton
Phone: (570) 341-0754
Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Male and Female, 18 years of age or older
St. Anthony’s Haven


409-411 Olive Street, Scranton
Phone: (570) 342-1295 ext. 204
Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.,open every evening, adult male and female, 18 years of age or older
Community Intervention Center


445 North 6th Avenue, Scranton
Phone: (570) 342-4298
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Male and Female- No Children
Alerts will be posted on the County’s website and social media outlets. The media will also receive the information for notification in the newspaper and announcements on area radio and television stations.

The County’s website and social media outlets will also feature cold weather safety advice and wellness tips, which can be accessed below.

  • Preparing for Winter Weather: Plan ahead for a number of winter weather situations with tips from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
  • National Weather Service: The NWS at Binghamton provides interactive forecasts for weather in and around Lackawanna County.
  • Pets and Cold Weather: Keep your pets safe and warm with these tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
  • Winter Weather Safety: Stay safe and keep warm in winter weather with information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Planning for Winter Storms: Put a plan in place for severe winter weather with information from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
  • Travel Info to Go: Get up to the minute information on highway travel conditions across Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on the 511PA.com site.
  • Make an Emergency Plan: Don’t wait until a winter weather emergency to plan ahead! Visit FEMA.gov to learn how to best prepare for the possible disruptions in service that can accompany severe winter weather.
  • Working Outdoors in Winter Weather: Working outside? Learn more about protecting your workforce in cold weather from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

 

Shelter Contacts