Saratoga Springs declares 'Code Blue' for the first time

Posted at: 12/24/2013 5:18 PM
Updated at: 12/26/2013 5:32 PM
By: WNYT Staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Tuesday night is the first night of the Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. The program is modeled after a similar Code Blue program in Albany that allows the city's homeless to seek shelter in a warm place for the night – no questions asked.

The Saratoga Springs program comes after 54-year-old Nancy Pitts froze to death while sleeping outside the Saratoga Senior Center last week.

The Code Blue location in Saratoga Springs is at the St. Peter's Auxiliary Center on Broadway. The Red Cross has already dropped off a number of coats, cots, and blankets. They say they will drop off more if needed.

Police are going around town, looking for people who may need the shelter. Social service organizations are also using large sidewalk chalk displays to help get the word out.

Albany also put their Code Blue program in effect Tuesday night, at the Capital City Rescue Mission on South Pearl Street.

A “Code Blue” is declared anytime the temperature drops below 10 degrees, or a foot or more of snow is forecast.