Albany, N.Y. - As the temperature in Albany continued to drop Wednesday city officials kept a code blue order in place. Code Blue is a collaborative outreach, transportation, and shelter protocol implemented to engage, transport, and shelter homeless persons who might otherwise remain without shelter during periods of extreme winter weather.
"The rules are relaxed and people can come in that maybe typically if they were inebriated or under the influence that we would have some boundaries but when it's this cold and during Code Blue everyone is welcome," said Susan Jones with Capital City Rescue Mission.
The relaxed rules during bone chilling temperatures brought more than 200 people to stay on beds and mats Tuesday night. As temperatures stayed in the single digits Wednesday those without a place to keep warm like Trivell Caruth came to Capital City Rescue Mission for shelter.
"There's always shelter somewhere if not here or where I'm currently staying at I go to the library public library on Madison," said Caruth.
Trivell says he takes it day by day as to where he will stay but as the Code Blue order continues in the city Emergency Officials warn it doesn't take long for the cold temperatures to make an impact.
"Temperatures and the wind we've been getting it doesn't take long for frosbite to start to show up. We look around the nose the cheeks the ears, fingers and toes. Those are the typical first places to see it. We look for white patches," said Deputy Chief Frank Nerney with the Albany Fire Department.
The Albany Fire Department says its been called to numerous weather related incidents since the cold spell began.
"We get the slip and falls outside that's a big concern this time of year with the weather the way it is," says Nerney.
As Albany Police and Emergency Officials continue to keep an eye out for anyone in need of shelter they ask that you do the same. If you see anyone in need you can call 438-4000.