December 12, 2022


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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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