NEWARK EXTENDS CODE RED FROM TODAY, MONDAY, AUGUST 8,

NEWARK EXTENDS CODE RED FROM TODAY, MONDAY, AUGUST 8,

THROUGH TOMORROW, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE

IN THE MID-90s WITH A HEAT INDEX HIGH OF 101°F

City residents are urged to take precautions: use air conditioning to stay cool, drink plenty

of water to avoid dehydration, and limit strenuous activity

Newark, NJ – August 8, 2022 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Ketlen Baptiste Alsbrook announced that the City of Newark is extending CODE RED from today, Monday, August 8 through tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9. Temperatures are expected to continue in the mid-90s with a temperature as high as 95°F and a heat index as high as 101°F.

The Health Department urges Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from extreme heat, especially among the most vulnerable populations such as seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions. Vulnerable Newark residents should use air conditioning to stay cool, drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

The City is reminding residents that there are emergency shelters operating during extreme hot weather that have collaborated with the City to provide overnight sheltering for residents with no address. For more information regarding 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 Office of Homeless Services has contracted with Bridges, Inc. to provide outreach and engagement services to Newark’s homeless population from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week. Attention is focused on homeless “hot spots” such as Penn Station, city parks, under bridges, and areas off McCarter Highway, etc., especially chronically homeless individuals and those with mental health and substance abuse issues. If you identify homeless individuals in need of services, you can reach Bridges, Inc. at 908-858-7019.

For additional information on how to beat the heat, visit http://www.newarknj.gov or follow the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness social media pages at http://www.facebook.com/NewarkDHCW and http://www.twitter.com/NewarkDHCW.

CHECK ON THOSE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE HEAT

A small, but crucial gesture can help ensure that we all have a safe and healthy summer. Get to know your neighbors and contact neighbors and relatives—by phone—at least twice a day during heat waves. Pay special attention to the elderly, the very young, and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. Citizens should also check in on neighbors who may be isolated from friends and family.

HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE HEAT

  • Air conditioning is the best way to stay cool when it is hot outside. However, some people do not have an air conditioner or do not turn it on when they need it. Newark residents are encouraged to use air conditioning or fans. If air conditioning is unavailable at a residence, please assist those affected to get to a place where it is available.
  • Stay out of the sun. This is the quickest way to become overheated. Also, avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear lightweight, bright or light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy.
  • Drink fluids—water is best—even if you do not feel thirsty. Water is also the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. This will help your body to maintain a cooler temperature. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet or taking diuretics, please consult your physician first. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.
  • Eat small, frequent, meals.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours, which are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must perform any strenuous activity, it is advisable to do it during the coolest part of the day, which is in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Cool down with a cool bath or shower.
  • Cover all exposed skin with an SPF sunscreen (15 or above).
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.
  • Use extreme caution in deciding to take an infant outside during extreme heat conditions.
  • Be careful not to overdress small children, especially newborns and infants.
  • Never leave children or pets in the car.
  • The City of Newark will open cooling centers in the five wards when temperatures reach extremely high temperature and humidity levels. You may find the nearest ones by calling (973) 733-4311; go to http://www.newarknj.gov or follow us on Facebook.

FACTS ABOUT HEAT ILLNESS

Heat illness is serious. Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. The added stress caused by heat can also irritate heart or lung disease even without symptoms of heat illness. The risk for getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:

  • Do not have or do not use air conditioning.
  • Are age 65 or older.
  • Have chronic medical or mental health conditions.
  • Take certain medications, which can disrupt the regulation of body temperature.
  • Are confined to their beds, have trouble with being mobile, or are unable to leave their homes.
  • Are overweight.
  • Consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

Know the warning signs of heat stress!

  • If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911.

Please call 911 if you or someone you know begins exhibiting two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Hot dry skin OR cold clammy skin.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE

The summer months can be just as uncomfortable for pets as it is for humans. Pets are affected by humidity as much as the ambient hot temperatures. Follow these tips for keeping them comfortable during the heat advisory.

  • Avoid dehydration: Pets can dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water.
  • Exercise early and late: When the temperature is very high, do not let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
  • Know when your pet is in danger: Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. Animals with flat faces like Pugs and Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. They should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave a pet inside of a parked car on a hot day. Even with the open windows, extreme temperatures inside a parked car could quickly lead to a fatal heat stroke for your pet.
  • Keep cats safe by installing screens in your windows. Unscreened windows pose a real danger to cats, who fall out of them often during summer months.
  • Prepare your pet emergency “go bag:” Pet food, water, medications and supplies should always be included in your emergency preparedness plans and “go bags.”

NEWARK SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS/ COOLING SITES

 

Central Ward Site Address Hours Contact Information
Bethany Baptist Church/Bethany Senior Citizen Center

(for Seniors ONLY)

275 W. Market Street

Newark, NJ 07103

(Entrance on

58 Hartford Street)

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Almetta Sabb

(973) 733-5739

East Ward      
Ironbound Senior Citizen Center 226 Rome Street

Newark, NJ 07105

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

 

Iris Muniz

(973) 424-4101

North Ward      
Vince Lombardi 201 Bloomfield Avenue

Newark, NJ 07107

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm

 

Debra Friday

(973) 577-7748

South Ward      
Nellie Grier Senior Citizen Center 98-104 Maple Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Wadih Cheid

(973) 424-4096

 

 

RECREATIONAL CENTERS SUMMER HOURS

 

(Open to all Newark Residents)

Central Ward Site Address Hours Contact Information
Hayes Park West 179 Boyd Street

Newark, NJ 07108

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Cerenthia McElroy

(973) 733-3959

 

East Ward      
Kenneth Gibson Sharpe James 226 Rome Street

Newark, NJ 07105

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Luis Ortiz

(973) 733-3707

 

Aquatic Recreation Center 226 Rome Street

Newark, NJ 07105

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Tia Montague

(973) 733-6550

 

North Ward      
Rotunda Recreational Center 75 Clifton Avenue

Newark, NJ 07104

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Denise Osorio

(973) 733-3677

South Ward      
St. Peter’s Recreation Center/Bo Porter Sports Complex 378 Lyons Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

 

Alan Jones-Bowman

(973) 733-8006

 

West Ward      
Boylan Recreation Center 916 South Orange Avenue

Newark, NJ 07106

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Andre Robinson

(973) 733-8947

POOL LOCATIONS

Open to all Newark Residents

All pool patrons must exit the pool 15 minutes before lunch.

Central Ward Site Address Pool Hours Contact Information
Hayes West Recreation Center

 

 

 

 

John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center

179 Boyd Street

Newark, NJ 07108

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

211 West Kinney Street

Newark, NJ 07103

Monday – Friday

11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm Closed for lunch 2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday

9:30am – 5:30pm

Closed for lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Cerenthia McElroy

(973) 733-3959

 

 

 

 

 

 

(973) 733-6550

East Ward      
Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson Aquatic Center 226 Rome Street

Newark, NJ 07105

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

Closed for lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Luis Ortiz

(973) 733-3707

 

North Ward      
Rotunda Recreational Center 75 Clifton Avenue

Newark, NJ 07104

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

Closed for lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Denise Osorio

(973) 733-3677

South Ward      
Marquis “Bo Porter” Sports Complex 378 Lyons Avenue

Newark, NJ 07112

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

Closed for lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm

 

Alan Jones-Bowman

(973) 733-8006

 

West Ward      
Boylan St. Recreation Center 916 South Orange Avenue

Newark, NJ 07106

Monday – Friday11:30am – 7:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm

Closed for lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm

 

Andre Robinson

(973) 733-8947

-NEWARK-

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