Shelters open for vulnerable populations at designated locations;

Residents are reminded to bundle up when outside

Newark, NJ– December 12, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Ketlen Alsbrook are activating “Code Blue” for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13. During this period, temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 24°F with a wind chill factor dropping to 17°F.

“Code Blue” is called when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation, 32°F with precipitation, or when there is a wind chill factor of 0°. Residents are reminded to continue being cautious during extreme cold weather.

The City is also reminding residents that there are emergency shelters operating during the extreme cold weather and about its partnerships with Social Service agencies. For more information about sheltering services, contact the shelters listed below or the Office of Homeless Services at: (973) 877-9481, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shelter Address and Phone Number Population Served


Apostle House 513-515 Avon Avenue

Newark, NJ

(973) 482-0625

Women and children only
Isaiah House 238 North Munn Avenue

East Orange, NJ

(973) 678-5882

Single mothers and families with children
Catholic Charities- St. Rocco’s 368 South 7th Street

Newark, NJ

(973) 286-4175

Families with children
Circle of Life 55 Tillinghast Street

Newark, NJ

(862) 763-4859

Adults only

LGBTQ Friendly

Fairmont Health 202 Fairmont Avenue

Newark, NJ

(973) 643-7705

Adults only
H.E.L.P. Center 224 Sussex Avenue

Newark, NJ

(973) 705-7200

Adults only

The City offers the following tips on keeping homes safe and coping with extreme winter weather:

  • Keep the house heated to a minimum of 68°F. The temperatures inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 68°F will not keep the inside walls from freezing.
  • Identify the locations for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out how it works in case you have to use it.
  • Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent them from freezing.
  • Check on seniors to make sure that they are warm and dry.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Check all windows and doors for drafts. Place plastic if you feel a draft.
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended.
  • Do not use generators indoors.
  • It is illegal to use kerosene heaters indoors.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Take inventory of emergency items.


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