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Gloucester County designates ‘Cooling Centers’ during Excessive Heat Days

Due to the rising temperatures this week, seniors and other Gloucester County residents can seek shelter from the heat at any of the designated 'Cooling Centers' should their homes become uncomfortable. 

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Prolonged exposure to excessive heat can present serious health risks in young children, seniors and persons taking certain medication.  Seniors and other residents of Gloucester County should seek relief from the heat in any of the recommended ‘cooling centers’ listed below."

Gloucester County has designated their six nutrition sites, County libraries and Shady Lane Nursing Home as ‘Cooling Centers’ for seniors and other residents that may not have air conditioning or lack fans that circulate air in their homes.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “During the hottest hours of the day, residents should take advantage of any air-conditioned shelter such as County libraries, malls, community centers, movies or other publicly accessible buildings.”

Recommendation to avoid health complications from excessive heat:

•             Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. 
•             Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach. 
•             If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls' or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day. 
•             Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors. 
•             Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day. 

•             Don't leave children, a frail, elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car -- not even for a minute -- as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.

•             Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications -- such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease -- can increase the risk of heat-related illness. 

Jefferson said, “This hot and humid weather can take a toll on our most vulnerable residents.  Please make an effort to check on your older family members, neighbors and pets to ensure that they are comfortable in their homes.”

The designated ‘Cooling Centers’ will be open during operating hours in the summer and includes:        

Gloucester County (6) Nutrition Site Locations: 
(1)    Glassboro Senior Center
        152 S. Delsea Dr. 
        Glassboro, NJ 08028
        (856) 881-6610

(2)    Franklin Community Center
        1584 Coles Mill Road
         Franklinville, NJ 08322 
         (856) 694 - 1413

(3)    Mantua Township Community Center 
        111 Mercer Ave. 
        Mantua, NJ 08080 
        (856) 468 – 4773

(4)    Pfeiffer Community Center
        301 Blue Bell Street
        Williamstown, NJ 08094
        (856) 728 – 1140

(5)    Second Baptist Church
        1534 Pine Street
        Paulsboro, NJ 08066
        (856) 423 – 3387

(6)    Thorofare Fire Hall
        Firehouse Road
        Thorofare, NJ 08086
        (856) 853 - 6496
        Shady Lane Nursing Home 
        256 County House Road
        Clarksboro, NJ 08020
        (856) 224 - 6979

GCLS Branches and Summer Hours:

        Glassboro Branch
        2 Center Street
        Glassboro, NJ 08028
        Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
        Friday 10am-5pm
        Saturday 10am-2pm

        Greenwich Township Branch
        411 Swedesboro Road
        Gibbstown, NJ 08027
         Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
         Friday 10am-5pm
         Saturday 10am-2pm

          Logan Township Branch
         498 Beckett Road
          Logan Township, NJ 08085
          Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
          Friday 10am-5pm
          Saturday 10am-2pm

          Mullica Hill Branch
          389 Wolfert Station Road
          Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
          Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
          Friday 10am-5pm
          Saturday 10am-2pm
          Sunday Closed until after Labor Day

          Swedesboro Branch
          1442 Kings Highway
          Swedesboro, NJ 08085
           Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
           Friday 10am - 5pm
           Saturday 10am-2pm

If any Gloucester County senior has questions please contact (856) 218-4101. For the Library locations residents can call the Gloucester County Library System at (856) 223-6000 or visit