List and Information on South Jersey Warming Centers
Winter is just about to breathe its icy breath down our necks. We have already experienced plenty of cold temperatures which has prompted a Cold Blue here in New Jersey. Let's start with what a Code Blue is, which according to Camden County is, "A Code Blue is called when the temperature is 25 degrees or lower without precipitation or 32 degrees or lower with precipitation." There are many locations throughout the area for people to go overnight to keep warm.
During a Code Blue, "...a network of agencies throughout New Jersey helps people obtain shelter, food, and clothing," according to NJ 2-1-1. There are hotlines to call and places to go during such a situation throughout South Jersey and the entire state. Many municipalities offer transportation to warming centers.
The county does not have a list of locations online, however when a Code Blue is enacted residents can check for information on ReadAltantic.org. The best course of action is to call your local Municipal Emergency Management Office for your town.
- Absecon: 609-641-0667
- Atlantic City: 609-347-5466
- Brigantine: 609-266-7414
- Buena Boro: 856-697-2810
- Buena Vista Township: 856-697-2100
- Corbin City: 609-823-7917
- Egg Harbor City: 609-965-1200
- Egg Harbor Township: 609-926-2651
- Estell Manor: 609-476-2692
- Folsom Borough: 609-561-3178
- Galloway Township: 609-652-3705 ext. 206
- Hamilton Township: 609-625-2700 ext. 560
- Hammonton: 609-561-4000
- Linwood: 609-927-6161
- Longport: 609-822-2141
- Margate: 609-822-1151
- Mullica Township: 609-561-0064
- Northfield: 609-641-2832 ext. 134
- Pleasantville: 609-484-3667
- Somers Point: 609-927-6814
- Ventnor City: 609-823-7919
- Weymouth Township: 609-476-4441
County residents can sign up to receive information and alerts via email concerning a Code Blue. To find a shelter during a Code Blue residents can call (856) 764-6945, ext. 6128 or ext. 6122.
Camden County has a long list of warming centers throughout the county including select libraries, borough halls, municipal buildings, hospitals, senior centers, etc. The county suggests calling the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at (800) 999-9045. Find a list of locations that serve as warming centers during a Code Blue at CamdenCounty.com.
Cape May County:
According to a past article Cape Community Church in Burleigh has been designated as a warming center earlier this year. To find out more information county residents can call 609-886-125 or 1-877-886-1325.
Cumberland County has the M25 Initiative which provides aid to the homeless. They provide two warming centers as well as transportation. St. Andrew's Church in Bridgeton is open from 6 PM - 6 AM during a Code Blue and Trinity United Methodist Church in Millville is also open 6 PM - 6 AM during a Code Blue. A bus has provided transportation in the past from Vineland to Millville. The hotline for information is 1-888-410-3973.
Residents of Ocean County can find a long list of resources via the county's website. The county offers transportation, warming centers, food/nutritional services, emergency services, and more.
A Facebook page is available for updates on Code Blue conditions and warming centers. First Assembly of God Church in Carney's Point opens as a warming center during a Code Blue.
For information on Code Blue services for the entire state visit NJ 2-1-1.