Code Purple shelters ready to help those who can't evade the cold
With the snowfall on Tuesday and temperatures expected to stay very cold, Code Purple declarations have been extended across Delaware.
The volunteer-organized and volunteer-run Code Purple sites in houses of worship and community centers provide a sanctuary during sub-freezing temperatures for people who don’t have a home. Additional snow is expected tonight, with the heaviest amounts – 1 to 3 inches – forecast for New Castle County. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 4 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday for all three counties, with low temperatures in the single digits and winds from 25 to 40 mph, with gusts over 50 mph. Wind chills could be as low as 20 degrees below zero.
“The temperatures and wind chills expected in Delaware are potentially dangerous to anyone who might be outside for an extended period,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “That’s why I am grateful to all of the Code Purple locations in our state that can provide a safe place for people to sleep. During the next few days, I urge Delawareans who see people outside who don’t appear to have a place to go, to call 9-1-1 so police can help get them to a safe location.”
Since Code Purple sites use volunteers to manage operations, the activation and implementation vary by county and site. To be connected to Code Purple resources, call Delaware 2-1-1, or search for “Code Purple” on the Delaware 2-1-1 mobile app or on its website at www.delaware211.org..
Code Purple has been extended through Saturday, Feb. 21. Morning leave time is 7 a.m. for each day listed. Call 1-800-733-6816 for any further updates this week.