With temperatures expected to drop, and in accordance with New Jersey regulations enacted in May, Atlantic County is advising the public of a Code Blue Alert effective 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 through Thursday, Dec. 21, according to Atlantic County public information officer Linda Gilmore.

A Code Blue Alert is required to be issued within 24 to 48 hours of weather conditions that may meet the following criteria based upon National Weather Service forecasts:

Temperatures reaching 25 degrees Fahrenheit or lower without precipitation or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower with precipitation, or wind-chill temperatures of zero degrees or less for a period of two or more hours.

The Code Blue Alert is intended to assist municipalities in protecting citizens who are living outdoors or in poorly insulated settings and are at risk for weather-related exposure and possible death.

Any resident who experiences a life-threatening emergency is advised to call 911. Non-life-threatening emergencies can be reported to the local municipal office of emergency management.

Contact information for all offices is available at readyatlantic.org/mainpages/localems.asp.

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