Atlantic City Officials Seek to Help Homeless Escape Dangerously Cold Temperatures

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As dangerously cold temperatures have moved into South Jersey, officials want to remind residents about ways to look out for each other in the frigid weather.

Following a Code Blue alert that was issued in Atlantic County, officials want residents to know that the current dangerously cold temperatures threaten those most vulnerable, the homeless.

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Pastor Bill Warner, vice president of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, says he hopes residents will help the homeless come in from the cold.

“The issue is getting people off the street. It’s life threatening," says Warner. "I’ve experienced that many years ago watching someone literally freeze to death.” 

Working closely together, officials with the Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD) and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission Shelter have been assisting city representatives with emergency accommodations.

Kevin Fair, sergeant, ACPD, says he hopes for open communication from the community as anyone could potentially help save a life.

“We’ll send our officers to see if that person needs assistance and we’ll try to provide whatever we can right now," says Fair. "The Atlantic City Rescue Mission is open 24 hours a day until the end of the Code Blue.”

“Every night and every day you see people coming in, especially the elderly," says Warner. "You could literally see them coming in shaking.” 

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Officials with the Atlantic City Rescue Mission are also accepting donations from the public to keep those at the shelter warm and comfortable.

“Bring the coats in. Donate coats and scarves and hats and things like that," says Fair. "It helps the people to stay warm.” 

Those in Atlantic City can call 911 or 609-347-5780 (non-emergency), or text Tip411 (847411) and begin text with ACPD for assistance.


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