Code Blue - Access to Shelters During Winter Months

During the winter season, Chester County works with many agencies and private health/social organizations to offer expanded services for those without adequate shelter, including the chronically homeless and homeless families with children. Chester County is committed to providing temporary shelter, food, and clothing to those in need.

Chester County Residents who need shelter during winter months 

should call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance

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What to do in "Code Blue" conditions

  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.
  • If you see someone in need of immediate assistance, call 9-1-1.


  • Make sure your car is winterized with antifreeze, a full tank of gas, properly inflated tires, and is stocked with an emergency kit.
  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and avoid prolonged exposure when outdoors in winter weather.
  • Limit pets' time outdoors during extreme temperatures.
  • Report power outages directly to your utility company. DO NOT call 9-1-1.


Do not call 9-1-1 to report a power outage

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