June 29, 2021


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Newark, NJ – June 29, 2021 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark J. Wade announced that the City of Newark has activated a “Code Red” starting today, Tuesday, June 29, through tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30. Temperatures are expected to rise as high as 96°F with a Heat Index going to 102°F.

The Health Department urges Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals 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 the extreme hot weather that have partnered with the City to provide overnight sheltering for residents with no address. 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.


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., seven days a week, with focused attention on homeless “hot spots” like Penn Station, parks, under bridges, off McCarter Highway, etc., especially the chronically homeless and those with mental health and substance abuse issues. If you identify homeless individuals in need of services, Bridges, Inc. can be reached at 908-858-7019.

For additional information on how to beat the heat, visit or follow the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness social media pages at and


A small, but crucial gesture can help ensure that we all have a safe and healthy summer. Get to know your neighbors and contact them as well as 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.


· 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.


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


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, don’t 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 windows open, 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.”


Central Ward

Bethany Baptist Church/Bethany Senior Citizen Center (for Seniors ONLY)

275 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103 (entrance 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

Christina Couto - (973) 424-4101

North Ward

Vince Lombardi

201 Bloomfield Ave. Newark, NJ 07107

Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm

Debra Friday - (973) 482-5439

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


(Open to all Newark Residents)

Central Ward

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 Aquatic Recreation Center

226 Rome Street, Newark, NJ 07105

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 7:00pm  

Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Luis Ortiz - (973) 733-3707

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

Latoya Evans - (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

Quatisha Brownson - (973) 733-8947