Newark Issues Excessive Heat Advisory

Newark City Hall

Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Ketlen Baptiste Alsbrook announced that the City of Newark is activating an Excessive Heat Advisory from noon, Tuesday, June 18, through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Temperatures are expected to rise into the mid-90s with a temperature as high as 94°F and a heat index as high as 95°F. The City of Newark will experience its first heat wave for the season with temperatures exceeding 90°F for two days or more.

The Health Department urges Newark residents to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from extreme heat, especially among the most vulnerable populations 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 (which are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

The City is reminding residents to stay cool and stay hydrated. Newark indoor and outdoor swimming pools are currently open.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services and its partners are committed to supporting residents that may need services during this heat advisory. During this emergency, additional street outreach is conducted to Newark residents who are unsheltered, encouraging them to enter emergency shelters or visit drop-in or cooling centers.

The Mayor’s Office Homeless Services also has a texting hotline for the public to use to help any unsheltered resident in need of services. The public may text “Path Home” to 855-11 if they see someone on the street that needs non-emergency assistance. The text is sent to street outreach teams that will locate the person and offer services.

For additional information on how to beat the heat, visit http://www.newarknj.gov or follow the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness social media pages at http://www.facebook.com/NewarkDHCW, https://www.instagram.com /NewarkDHCW and http://www.twitter.com/NewarkDHCW.

CHECK ON THOSE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE HEAT

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

HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS FOR PROTECTION AGAINST THE HEAT

  • 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.

FACTS ABOUT HEAT ILLNESS

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.

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE

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.
  • When the temperature is very high, do not 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 open windows, 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.”

RECREATIONAL CENTERS AND POOLS SUMMER HOURS

(Open to all Newark Residents)

Central Ward Site Address Hours Contact Information
JFK Recreation Center 211 West Kinney Street (entrance

on Howard Street)

         Monday – Thursday

6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Friday

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

 

Saturday

       9 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

      (until June 29th)

Brittany Taylor

(973)715-2603

JFK Recreation Center Pool 211 West Kinney Street (entrance

on Howard Street) 

Tuesday – Friday

Indoor Pool Hours:

11:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.

 Outdoor Pool Hours:

4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday Pool Hours:

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tia Montigue

(973)715-2856

East Ward      
Kenneth Gibson Sharpe James Recreation Center 226 Rome Street Monday- Thursday

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

Luis Ortiz

(973) 733-3707

Kenneth Gibson

Sharpe James Recreation Center Indoor Pool 

226 Rome Street Tuesday – Friday

11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

    9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tia Montigue

(973)715-2856

North Ward      
Vince Lombardi Center of Hope  201 Bloomfield Avenue Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kia Goodwin

(973) 482-5439

Rotunda Recreation Center 75 Clifton Ave Tuesday -Thursday

11:30a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday

11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

Mark Ceasar

(973) 733-3677

Rotunda Recreational Center Outdoor Pool 75 Clifton Avenue Tuesday – Friday

4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Mark Ceasar

(973) 733-3677

South Ward    
St. Peter’s Recreation Center/Bo Porter Sports Complex 378 Lyons Avenue Tuesday – Thursday

11:30a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday

11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

Latoya Evans

(973) 733-8006

St. Peter’s Recreation Center/Bo Porter Sports Complex Outdoor Pool  378 Lyons Avenue Tuesday – Friday

4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tia Montigue

(973)715-2856

West Ward    
Boylan Recreation Center 916 South Orange Avenue Tuesday – Thursday

11:30a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Friday

11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. –  10 p.m.

(until June 29th)

Andre Robinson

(973) 733-8947

Boylan Recreation Center Outdoor Pool 916 South Orange Avenue Tuesday – Friday

4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tia Montigue

(973)715-2856

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