STAY INFORMED OF COVID-19 GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

For current information & help with basic needs, read our COVID-19 web pages or dial 2-1-1. For alerts/updates, text NJCOVID to 898-211. Live help on COVID-19 information is available. Speak to a healthcare professional at 1-800-962-1253.

NJ Cooling Centers

Staying Cool in Hot Weather

See a listing of current emergency activations due to extreme heat.

Due to the pandemic, many of the public places that we would normally recommend you go to for relief from hot weather are not open or are functioning at limited capacity. Libraries are now permitting up to 25 percent of their normal occupancy and shopping malls have opened in most areas (though not all). In both cases, you are expected to wear facial masks that cover your nose and mouth. Many of the other locations that we would typically recommend you go to for relief from the heat like recreation centers, senior centers, and municipal buildings are still closed to the public due to the pandemic. 

Throughout the warmer weather, our staff is dedicated to updating our list of cooling centers. We will only include sites and messaging that we have received from official authorities such as state, county or municipal offices of emergency management. As we receive this information, it is posted.  If you are not seeing cooling centers open in your county in the list below, it is because we have not yet received the information. Learn more about summer heat.

Statewide Homeless Hotline

New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness can dial 211 for help.  (download flyer)

As the State's Homeless Hotline, we work in partnership with county agencies throughout New Jersey in an effort to ensure that those experiencing homelessness have a safe place to stay at night. We assess each caller to determine the appropriate resources to address their immediate need, as well as the underlying issues related to homelessness. 

Those in need can call us at any time of the day or night, any day of the year.  Services are accessible in different languages for non-English speakers.

If you live in NJ and you are experiencing homelessness, dial 211 or 877-652-1148 (If you are using a rotary dial phone, please dial 1-877-746-5211.) 

Current Emergency Activations Due to Extreme Heat

Please be aware that emergency activations and resources opened in response to extreme heat or storm events change as quickly as the weather. Our listing reflects information most recently received by the counties. You can also refer to your county’s Office of Emergency Management web page.

Atlantic County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Cumberland County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Gloucester County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Hudson County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Hunterdon County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Middlesex County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Morris County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below).

Somerset County - Available as needed throughout the summer (see listing below)

Cooling Centers List

When we are notified of openings, we will post them below.

Atlantic
Cumberland

Cumberland County Cooling Centers

Phone: 856.455.8770

Regular cooling centers are closed due to COVID-19, if you need non-emergency assistance with the summer heat, please call Cumberland County OEM at the number listed.

Gloucester

Gloucester County Communications Center

Phone: 856-307-7100 (during business hours); 856-589-0911 (after hours, weekends and holidays)
Open:

24/7

County staff will direct residents to the most appropriate resources.

Hudson
Hunterdon

Hunterdon Helpline

Phone: 908-782-4357
Open:

Every day until 8:00pm when county offices are closed

Social distancing and masks are required; Temperatures taken prior to entry

Middlesex
Morris