Code Blue Extreme Cold

Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert Information


The Health Commissioner declares a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert during periods of extremely cold weather. Code Blue Extreme Cold is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia deaths during the winter months by protecting our City's homeless, seniors and other vulnerable populations.

The Health Commissioner may declare a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert based on the following criteria:

  • When temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13˚F or below. This threshold can be reached by having a temperature at or below 20˚F with 5 mph sustained winds or a temperature at or below 25˚F with 15 mph sustained winds.
  • When other conditions (i.e. strong winds, forecasted precipitation for more than two hours, extended periods of cold, sudden cold after a warm period) are deemed by the Health Commissioner to be severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable Baltimore citizens.

When possible, the decision to declare Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert will be made by 5:00 p.m. on the previous business day or by 5:00 p.m. on Friday before the weekend in which extreme winter weather is forecasted.  When appropriate, the declaration will specify the risk period as “all day” or “night only” based on forecasted temperatures.

Individuals unsure of whether a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert is in effect can call 311 for details. 311 operators will provide homeless shelter locations, safety tips and information about extreme-cold related illness and risk factors.

Residents can also call 311 to report specific concerns about vulnerable neighbors during Code Blue Extreme Cold Alerts. Call 911 if you are having a cold-related emergency.

A Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration triggers several responses aimed at providing shelter and services for homeless individuals.

  • Private homeless shelters will be encouraged to extend their hours and keep individuals indoors.
  • Homeless Services Outreach Workers provide cold weather education, encourage homeless individuals to take shelter, and connect them to services as needed.
  • On nights when Code Blue Extreme Cold has been declared, the Salvation Army FEEDMORE canteen provides hot drinks and other items to homeless individuals.

A list of City Homeless Shelters and Services is available through the Mayor's Office of Human Services. 

Warming Centers

Community Action Partnership Centers, Enoch Pratt Free Libraries and Senior Centers all serve as Baltimore City warming centers.

Community Action Partnership (CAP) Centers

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Northern CAP Center
5225 York Road

Phone: 410-396-6084

Southern CAP Center
606 Cherry Hill Road 

Phone: 410-545-0900

Eastern CAP Center
1731 E. Chase Street

Phone: 410-545-0136

Northwest CAP Center
3939 Reisterstown Road

Phone: 443-984-1384

Southeast CAP Center
3411 Bank Street

Phone: 410-545-6518


Enoch Pratt Free Libraries

Hours: Monday & Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

*Central Library: Mon – Thurs, 10 am – 7 pm, Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

*Southeast Anchor & *Pennsylvania Ave Branches: Mon – Thurs, 10 am – 8 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Brooklyn Branch

300 E. Patapsco Avenue

Phone: 410-396-1120

Hamilton Branch

5910 Harford Road

Phone: 410-396-6088

Reisterstown Road Branch

6310 Reisterstown Road

Phone: 410-396-0948

Canton Branch

1030 S. Ellwood Avenue

Phone: 410-396-8548

Hampden Branch

3641 Falls Road

Phone: 410-396-6043

Roland Park Branch

5108 Roland Avenue

Phone: 410-396-6099

Central Library (see hours)*

400 Cathedral Street

Phone: 410-396-5430

Herring Run Branch

3801 Erdman Avenue

Phone: 410-396-0996

Southeast Anchor (see hours)*

3601 Eastern Avenue

Phone: 410-396-1580

Cherry Hill Branch

606 Cherry Hill Road

Phone: 410-396-1168

Light Street Branch

1251 Light Street

Phone: 410-396-1096

Walbrook Branch

3203 W. North Avenue

Phone: 410-396-0935

Clifton Branch

2001 N. Wolfe Street

Phone: 410-396-0984

Northwood Branch

4420 Loch Raven Boulevard

Phone: 410-396-6076

Washington Village Branch

856 Washington Boulevard

Phone: 410-396-1099

Edmondson Ave Branch

4330 Edmondson Avenue

Phone: 410-396-0946

Orleans Street Branch

1303 Orleans Street

Phone: 410-396-0970

Waverly Branch

400 E. 33rd Street

Phone: 410-396-6053

Forest Park Branch

3023 Garrison Boulevard

Phone: 410-396-0942

Patterson Park Branch

158 N. Linwood Avenue

Phone: 410-396-0983


Govans Branch

5714 Bellona Avenue

Phone: 410-396-6098

Pennsylvania Ave (see hours)*

1531 W. North Avenue

Phone: 410-396-0399



Senior Centers

Action in Maturity, Inc. (AIM)
700 W. 40th Street
Phone: 410-889-7915
Hours: MF 8 am  5 pm

John Booth/Hooper Senior Center
2601-A East Baltimore St
Phone: 410- 396-9202
Hours: MF 8:30 am – 4 pm

Senior Network of North Baltimore
5828 York Road
Phone: 410-323-7131
Hours: MF 9 am – 2 pm

Cherry Hill Sr Center (at the Rowing Center)
3301 Waterview Avenue
Phone: 410-396-2920
Hours: Tu and Th 10 am – 2 pm

Greenmount Senior Center
425 E. Federal Street

Phone: 410-396-3552
Hours: M–F 8:30 am – 4 pm


Waxter Center for Senior Citizens
1000 Cathedral Street
Phone: 410-396-1324
Hours: MF 8 am – 5 pm

Forest Park Senior Center
4801 Liberty Heights Avenue
Phone: 410-466-2124
Hours: M–Th 9:30 am – 3 pm

Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center
3101 Fallstaff Road
Phone: 410-358-6856
Hours: MTh 8 am – 4 pm, Fri 8 am  3 pm

Zeta Center for Healthy & Active Aging
4501 Reisterstown Road
Phone: 410-396-3535
Hours: M, W – F 8:30 am – 4 pm &

Tues 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Harford Senior Center
4920 Harford Road
Phone: 410-426-4009
Hours: M–F 10 am – 2 pm

Oliver Senior Center
1700 N. Gay Street
Phone: 410-396-3861
Hours: MF 8 am – 4 pm


Hatton Senior Center
2825 Fait Avenue
Phone: 410-396-9025
Hours: MF 8 am  4 pm

Sandtown Winchester Senior Center
1601 Baker Street
Phone: 410-396-7724

Hours: M–F 8 am – 4 pm


Energy Assistance/Weatherization Services

Those without home heating are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia and other cold-related health problems. The Mayor’s Office of Human Services Community Action Partnership provides subsidies to assist low-income residents with heating bills.  Individuals who need help paying their heating bills should contact OHEP at 410-396-6406 or visit their website.

Energy Assistance Application (English)

Energy Assistance Application (Spanish)

Seniors can get assistance completing and mailing energy assistance applications by contacting the Office of CARE Services at 410-396-CARE (2273).  City residents can also get assistance completing the application at any of the City Community Action Partnership (CAP) Centers.  To see a list of City CAP Center sites click here

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Division of Homeownership and Housing Preservation also offers weatherization or energy efficiency programs for applicants with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  For more information visit their website:

Baltimore City Weatherization Application

BGE Special Needs Program

BGE has a special needs program for seniors and other customers who require power to run life support equipment in their home.  For more information see BGE’s Special Needs Customers webpage or call 1-800-735-2258.

Resources For City Residents

Extreme Cold Weather and Preparedness Tips

Baltimore City Hypothermia Tips

Extreme Cold: A CDC Prevention Guide To Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

Extreme Cold In Maryland – MDH Resources & Information

CDC tips on how to “Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter”

Cold Weather Tips For Pets

Cold Weather Tips (ASPCA)

Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather (Humane Society)

Cold Weather Pet Safety (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Winter Weather/Storm Tips and Information

Winter Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Red Cross Winter Storm Safety

Red Cross Winter Storm Safety - Spanish

BCHD Safe Snow Shoveling Tips

City Transportation Snow Page

Code Blue Extreme Cold Plan

Code Blue Extreme Cold Plan 2018-2019 v6.2

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