ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Extreme cold weather predictions have caused the Essex County Code Blue procedures to be activated. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo and Sherrif Armando Fontoura announced the Code Blue procedures will be in effect starting Thursday, February 19 at 4 p.m. to Monday, February 23 at 9 a.m.
Code Blue conditions are enacted when the temperature drops below 15 degrees for a 48-hour period or when the wind chill is below 0 degrees. When those conditions are met, or when the weather forecast predicts these conditions, the County Executive can proclaim a Code Blue and enact the procedure. Code Blue declarations indicate that a network of warming stations operated by the County and its municipalities and shelters operated by the community based organizations will be opened.
The warming stations identified include Essex County Codey Arena and a variety of public libraries, senior centers, civic and community centers, school buildings, houses of worship, firehouses and first aid squad buildings. Warming stations are generally opened during the day and may not provide overnight accommodations. Shelters, however, that do provide overnight accommodations and regularly require occupants to leave during the day will suspend that practice so people can stay indoors.
A list of available warming stations and shelters are available on www.NJ211.org and available by dialing 2-1-1.
Active Shelters and Warming Centers in Essex County:
- East Orange, Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation, 186 Park Street, 732-7A7-7246, Accepts Males/Females, Open 24 hours
- Montclair, lnterfaith Hospitality, 46 Park Street, 973-746-1400, Accepts Families, Open 24 hours
- Newark Catholic Charities-St. Rocco's, 366-368 So. 7th Street, 973-286-4175/973-286-4176, Accepts Families, Open 24 hours
- Newark, Catholic Charities-St. Bridget's, 404 University Avenue, 973-799-0484, Accepts Males, Open 24 hours
- Newark Circle of Life, 55 Tillinghast Street, 862-763-4859, Accepts Males/Females, Open 24 hours