WEATHER ALERT: Newark Activates ’Code Blue’ for Tonight’s Frigid Weather
Newark, NJ – November 12, 2019 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark Wade are activating “Code Blue” for tonight into early Thursday morning. Code Blue is called when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation or 32°F or lower with precipitation.
“Newark is preparing for cold temperatures this week,” Dr. Wade said. “We will meet nature’s challenge with the strength and resilience that defines us. I urge our residents to take precautions to keep their homes safe and be safe when they are out and about, and to check on their neighbors, especially the disabled, children, and the elderly.”
In addition, Dr. Wade reminded residents of the hazards of 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 25°F and residents should take measures to ensure their safety at home and when outside of their home,” said Dr. Wade.
The City is reminding residents that emergency shelters are 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.