It’s been two years since the streets of Hudson County have seen 1-2 inches of snow flurries. But this week, Mother Nature graced us with back-to-back storms.
As exciting as it was to see snow fall again, temperatures dropped to freezing amount activating a Code Blue alert throughout the state.
When a storm or severe cold weather hits the area, a Code Blue alert opens up Warming Centers to assist residents or the homeless who may be exposed to frigid weather. These centers can be public libraries, shopping centers, and senior centers and are open during business hours. After operating hours, you would have to dial 2-1-1 or 877-746-5211 for assistance.
The County Offices of Emergency Management works with municipal government to enable the Code Blue Alert and provide shelter arrangements for those who need it. The alert can change quickly depending on the weather and are based on the individual counties. To make sure you keep up with any change, it is recommended to check your county’s Office of Emergency Management website for updates.
Currently there is a Code Blue Alert for Hudson County from Jan. 20 – Jan. 22 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
In Union City, the William Musto Cultural Center located on 420 15th Street will be open on a 24 hour basis, to allow residents exposed to cold weather seek shelter or additional resources.
Daytime Warming Center: PERC Shelter and Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) located on 111 37th St. and 108 36th St. are shelters in Union City providing a warm space.
In Jersey City, St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter is on the list of warming centers and is located on 619 Grove St., which is open 24/7.
The Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) has a facility in Kearny, to provide emergency shelter for the homeless from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m until March 31. This shelter provides a warm place for the unsheltered homeless to spend the night.
To access the center, the individual has to be transported by a shuttle which has designated pick up locations.
- 422 MLK Drive, Jersey City: 5:30 PM (line formation begins at 5:15 PM)
- Journal Square, JFK Blvd and Pavonia Ave: 6:00 PM (line formation begins at 5:45 PM)
- North Bergen Town Hall, 43rd St/Kennedy Blvd: 7:00PM (line formation begins at 6:45PM)
- Hoboken Terminal, Observer Highway/Park Ave: 7:30 PM (line formation begins at 7:15 PM)
Individuals who miss the final pick up time should call 2-1-1.