City of Newark, Department of Health Activate “Code Blue” for Upcoming Cold Weather

NEWARK—Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director, Dr. Mark Wade are activating a “Code Blue” for Friday, February 14, to Saturday, February 15.

According to officials “Code Blue” is called when temperatures reach 25°F, lower without precipitation, 32°F, or lower with precipitation, or a wind chill factor of 0° or lower.

Dr. Wade said, “Newark is preparing for extremely cold temperatures this Friday and Saturday. I urge our residents to take precautions to keep their homes safe and be safe when they are out, and to check on their neighbors, especially the disabled, children, and the elderly.”

In addition, Dr. Wade reminds residents of the hazards of extremely cold weather. “Several layers of warm clothing and protection against moisture and wind are important, even though weather may not seem to threaten cold injury. Gloves and socks should be kept as dry as possible.

Insulated boots that do not obstruct circulation are essential in very cold weather. Warm head covering is particularly important, since 30 percent of heat loss is from the head,” he added.

We are expected to endure temperatures as low as 13°F. “Residents should take measures to ensure their safety at home and when outside of their home,” says Dr. Wade.

The City is reminding residents that there are emergency shelters operating during the extreme cold weather that have partnered with the City to provide overnight sheltering.

For more information about sheltering services, contact the shelters listed below or the Department of Health and Community Wellness, Division of Social Services at (973) 877- 9481, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.