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
(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
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:
2 Center Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Greenwich Township Branch
411 Swedesboro Road
Gibbstown, NJ 08027
Logan Township Branch
498 Beckett Road
Logan Township, NJ 08085
Mullica Hill Branch
389 Wolfert Station Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Sunday Closed until after Labor Day
1442 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Friday 10am - 5pm
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 http://www.gcls.org/.