Tuesday, March 21,2023 07:21 PM

“CODE BLUE” Activation During Cold Weather Conditions

Shelters at designated locations for vulnerable populations

Code Blue is called in the City of Newark when temperatures reach 25°F or lower without precipitation or 32°F or lower with precipitation.

For more information about sheltering services, contact the shelters listed below or the Division of Social/Homeless Services at (973) 877– 9484, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or (609) 439-5210 after regular business hours. For any other public health emergencies during Code Blue, call the Department of Health and Community Wellness on-call service at 973-733-7592.

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 sidewalks and entrances to your home free of snow and ice.
  • Watch for ice dams near gutter downspouts. Keep gutters free of leaves and debris so that melting snow and ice can flow freely. Ice dams can cause water to build up and seep into your house.
  • Keep the house heated to a minimum of 68 degrees. The temperatures inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves. A temperature lower than 68 degrees 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.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by checking and cleaning your furnace and chimney regularly and ensure you have proper ventilation and the exhaust pipe is free of debris.

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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.