Updated: 01/03/2014 11:33 PM
Created: 01/03/2014 10:49 PM WHEC.com
By: Chalonda Roberts
When its this cold out, being outside for long periods of time can lead to medical issues. For people who are homeless, finding a place to get out of the chill is even more important.
Michael Dinatale of the Open Door Mission says, "There's a lot of people out there, there's a lot of people who need shelter."
Dinatale is talking about people who are homeless in the City of Rochester. Dinatale is a case manager for the Open Door Mission. The shelter is under a Code Blue alert and it's the forth time this week.
"Code Blue means we are going to open our doors for anyone who needs emergency housing when the temperature falls below 20 degrees," says Dinatale.
Code Blue is also used when temperatures dip down into the single digits. It allows people to come into the shelter to keep warm during the day. Doctor Michael Kamali works at the emergency room at Strong Memorial Hospital. He says the bitter, frigid temperatures can create hypothermia and frost bite.
"Initially you might feel tingling pain, some numbness. Usually people lose all sensation of that body part and that body part becomes very pale very white in color and numb, you can't sense or feel anything at all."
The Open Door Mission follows the weather forecast and they told us the Code Blue alert will be lifted Saturday morning through Sunday, but they expect as the temperatures dip down again at the beginning of next week they will be back to Code Blue again.