December 30, 2017




Community outreach continues as frigid temperatures linger

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County’s “Code Blue” protocol continues as temperatures dip into the single digits and are expected to stay there for at least another week. The collaboration of several county departments seeks to ensure that no resident who sees shelter is turned away.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro said the county, community agencies and local law enforcement “have been in frequent contact with individuals without shelter, or those who have been referred to them, to offer shelter and long-term assistance; those efforts have been increased in the past week, and no one seeking shelter has been turned away.”

He said for those seeking shelter and those aware of someone in need of shelter, they should contact their local police department or call or text Dutchess HELPLINE at 845-485-9700 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week to make accommodations.           

Those who are running out of heating oil can call 845-437-0050 to make arrangements through the Home Energy Assistance Program. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency, Molinaro reminded.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison said the city police in partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavioral Health will be expanding their Behavioral Evaluation Action Team (BEAT) patrols over the next several days as the extreme cold continues.

City police officers have partnered with caseworkers from the county to be out on the street assisting people in need of services by supplying information or transportation to the shelter or other available services during the frigid weather.

Rolison urged resident to call city police at 845-451-4000 if they encounter someone in need of shelter.


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