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Cooling Centers Available at Gloucester County Locations

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, the liaison to the Division of Senior Services, said that the county's Cooling Centers are available for seniors and other residents that may not have air conditioning in their homes.

Freeholder Director Damminger said, “The Gloucester County Department of Health has information on its website about how to avoid health complications from excessive heat and that cooling centers are designated throughout the county for those in need of relief from the heat.”

Damminger said, “Residents of all ages should take precautions to stay cool and hydrated during periods of prolonged heat.  We have several locations throughout the county they can go to stay cool.  During the hottest part of the day, we urge residents to drink plenty of water, stay cool in air-conditioned locations such as the mall, library or community center and avoid strenuous outdoor activity.”

Freeholder Jim Jefferson said, "We encourage residents to ensure their senior relatives, friends, neighbors, and others whose health may be affected by extreme heat, are safe during high temperature days.” Jefferson is the liaison to the County's Department of Health and Human Services.

"If the weather gets too hot, seniors can always go to one of the county's designated air-conditioned cooling centers which include the six nutrition sites, the county libraries and Shady Lane Nursing Home," Jefferson said.

Residents who do not have air conditioning in their home should take advantage of any air-conditioned shelters such as the County's Libraries, movies, malls, or other publicly accessible buildings during the hottest hours of the day.

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.

If any Gloucester County senior has questions, please contact the Department of Health at (856) 218-4101 or visit our website at: www.gloucestercountynj.gov .

Cooling Centers include:

Mantua Nutrition Site

Mantua Township Community Center, 111 Mercer Ave. Mantua, NJ 08080

Telephone:  (856) 468-4773

Hours:  9:30 am – 1:30 pm / Monday - Friday      

Glassboro Nutrition Site

Glassboro Senior Center, 152 S. Delsea Dr. Glassboro, NJ 08028

Telephone:  (856) 881 - 6610

Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm / Monday - Friday

Thorofare Nutrition Site

Thorofare Fire Hall, Firehouse Road Thorofare, NJ 08086  

Telephone:  (856) 853 – 6496

Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm / Monday - Friday

Monroe Twp. Nutrition Site

Pfeiffer Community Center, 301 Blue Bell Street, Williamstown, NJ 08094

Telephone:  (856) 728 – 1140

Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm / Monday - Friday

Deptford Twp. Nutrition Site

First Baptist Church of Jericho

981 Mail Avenue, Deptford, NJ 08096

Telephone: (856) 357 - 1706

Hours:  9:00 am – 12:30 pm / Monday - Friday

Paulsboro Nutrition Site

Second Baptist Church, 1534 Pine Street Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Telephone:  (609) 423 - 3387

Hours:  9:00 – Noon /Monday - Friday

 Gloucester County Division of Social Services

400 Hollydell Drive

Sewell, NJ 08080

Tel: 856-582-9200

Open: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm; Every 1st and 3rd Tue from 8:00am - 6:30pm

 Shady Lane Nursing Home

256 County House Road, Clarksboro, NJ  08020 

Telephone:  (856) 224-6979

Visiting Hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm / All Week

Glassboro Library

2 Center Street

Glassboro, NJ 08028

Tel: 856-881-0001

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

Greenwich Library

411 Swedesboro Road

Greenwich Twp. NJ 08027

Tel: 856-423-0684

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

Logan Library

498 Beckett Road

Logan Twp. NJ 08085

Tel: 856-241-0491

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

Mullica Hill Library

389 Wolfert Station Road

Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Tel: 856-223-6000

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri - Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm; Sun 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Newfield Library

115 Catawba Ave.

Newfield, NJ 08344

Tel: 856-697-0415

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 7:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm

 Swedesboro Library

1422 Kinds Hwy.

Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Tel: 856-467-0111

Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 9:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

For Library locations residents can call the Gloucester County Library System at (856) 223-6000 or visit www.gcls.org .

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