Code Blue

Chautauqua County Public Works Department

The blast of winter brought on a Code Blue night. That's not unusual, but what isn't often noticed is that the Code Blue can be declared in places beyond the City of Buffalo.

Buffalo's two downtown homeless shelters were crowded Sunday night, as another Code Blue was declared, with the snow and cold.

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For Buffalo's homeless, the weather forecast predicts this will be a very tough week. WBFO's Mike Desmond visited the two principal Code Blue shelters: St. Luke's Mission of Mercy and Harbor House Resource Center.

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"The premise of Code Blue is that no one can be turned away and it's been hugely successful."

That was Nadia Pizarro, director of Best Self Homeless Services and co-chair of the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless, announcing the start of another Code Blue season.

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The Code Blue shelters were open and crowded Monday night, as the system tried to persuade homeless people to get inside and get a hot meal amidst desperate cold.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With Arctic cold due to arrive in Western New York Thursday evening, Buffalo-area health and human service agencies were preparing for the need to bring people off the streets.

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With the arrival of colder temperatures, the City of Buffalo has implemented Code Blue, the city's emergency weather safety plan for the homeless.

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The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless has announced an expansion of its Code Blue initiative to provide the homeless with warm facilities on cold nights.

Effective immediately, Code Blue 32 will be enacted when temperatures or wind chills are between 16 and 32 degrees. Currently Code Blue takes effect at 15 degrees.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Most Western New Yorkers were warm in their homes as winter weather blew through the region. Nadia Pizarro was in a Matt Urban Hope Center white van looking for the homeless, as a Code Blue prompted efforts to persuade the homeless to come inside, stay warm and get a hot meal.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Erie and Genesee Counties, from 1 p.m. today through 1 a.m. Thursday. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects heavy snow and strong winds will make for a difficult afternoon commute.

Code Blue is back in season, with significant changes

Nov 18, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The people who administer the winter homeless emergency program known as Code Blue are preparing for another season. But this year, there are significant changes including new venues where homeless will be taken.

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With Buffalo and cities across New York bracing for some of the coldest temperatures yet this winter, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered more protection for the state’s homeless citizens.

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As the cold winter drags on in Buffalo, a toll is taken on the area's homeless and those who try to provide relief to the growing numbers. With Tuesday night expected to be among the coldest of the season, the sleeping room was packed in St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on the city's East Side.

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The Winter Storm Warning for Western New York has been canceled but has been replaced by a Winter Weather Advisory, which will remain in effect until 11 tonight.

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As tonight's temperatures are predicted to dip into the teens, the Buffalo City Mission is issuing a "Code Blue" for tonight.

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The prediction of cold temperatures this weekend is causing the issuance of a Code Blue by the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless.