Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bergen County Opens Cooling Centers

Michael Pagan

Bergen County Opens Cooling Centers to Address Heat Index

Hackensack, NJ – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has opened several cooling centers throughout the county to help residents stay cool during the current heat wave which is supposed to last until Wednesday, July 22.  Temperatures are expected to climb over 90 degrees and the accompanying humidity will make it feel closer to 100 degrees.

It is recommended that residents stay indoors if possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest and burns and heat strokes are more likely to occur.  All age groups are at risk for heat stroke so please take necessary precautions if you have to be outdoors, including wearing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and staying properly hydrated.

It is NOT okay to leave a child or pet in a locked vehicle even for a moment as temperatures can rise quite quickly.  It is also imperative to lock all parked vehicles so children cannot accidentally lock themselves inside while playing games like hide and seek.  Also check on elderly family, friends and neighbors to assure their well-being.

There are several designated cooling centers open throughout the county. Additionally, public libraries, shopping centers, recreation and senior centers can also provide respite from the high temperatures.

Bergen County has established four regional cooling centers. The following will be open these next couple of days from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

County Administration Building
One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, 1st Floor                           (201) 336-7300

Northwest Bergen Senior Activity Center
46-50 Center Street, Midland Park, NJ                                               (201) 445-5690

Bergenfield Senior Center
293 Murray Hill Terrace, Bergenfield, NJ                                          (201) 387-7212

Southwest Bergen Senior Activity Center
147 Hackensack Street, East Rutherford, NJ                                       (201) 935-8920         

For additional information, please visit the Bergen County Website: http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?nid=314

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