Newark, NJ – November 21, 2018 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Dr. Mark Wade announced that the City of Newark activated “Code Blue” for tonight, Wednesday, November 21, through Friday, November 23. A strong cold front is expected to impact the Newark region this evening and tomorrow, with highs only in the mid-20s and strong gusts that will cause wind chills of 10 to 15 degrees.
Code Blue is called when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation or 32°F or lower with precipitation. “We are expected to endure temperatures as low as 8°F and residents should take measures to ensure their safety at home and when outside of their home,” said Director Wade.
“Newark is facing an onslaught of “extremely cold temperatures and wintry weather conditions,” Mayor Baraka said. “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, Mayor Baraka 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 said.
The City also reminds residents that there are a number of homeless shelters operating during the extreme cold weather that have partnered with the City to provide emergency sheltering, including Code Blue sheltering. For more information about sheltering services, contact the shelters listed below or the Department of Health and Community Wellness, Division of Social/Homeless Services at (973) 877– 9484, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The City offers the following tips on keeping homes safe and coping with extreme winter weather:
The City of Newark Housing Code requires all property owners to supply heat from October 1 through May 1 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. at a minimum inside temperature of 68°F, and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. at a minimum inside temperature of 65°F. To report no heat or hot water in your apartment, call the Division of Code Enforcement at (973) 733-6471.
Anyone with questions about the City’s heat ordinance or any other Newark municipal policy or program can contact the Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311, from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.