Submitted by Woodbridge officials:
Woodbridge has issued a “heat alert” advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures are expected to climb to the mid-90s, with extremely high humidity forecast for the Woodbridge Township area.
As a result of the advisory, Woodbridge Township has established “cooling centers” at various Township facilities, including: the Woodbridge Community Center, the Health Center, the Evergreen Center in Colonia, the four Township libraries, the Community Center (Building 20) at the Bunns Lane Housing Development and at the various senior centers – locations where senior residents can get air-conditioned relief from the predicted heat and humidity.
“The Township will open cooling centers at various municipal locations and senior centers convenient to residents who do not have air conditioning and who need to obtain relief from the extremely hot temperatures that are predicted for Tuesday andWednesday,” Mayor John E. McCormac said. “Senior and disabled residents, along with individuals with respiratory problems and those with medical conditions, should take precautions and obtain relief from the extremely hot and humid conditions.”
Residents are urged to contact each municipal facility to determine hours of operation:
· Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge: (732-596-4170)
· Evergreen Senior Center, 400 Inman Avenue, Colonia: (732-726-6261)
· Community Center (Building 20), Bunns Lane Housing Development, Bunns Lane :
· Woodbridge Main Library, 1 George Frederick Plaza: (732-634-4450)
· Fords Branch Library, 211 Ford Avenue: (732-726-7071)
· Henry Inman Branch Library (Colonia), 607 Inman Avenue: (732-726-7072)
· Iselin Branch Library, 1081 Green Street, Iselin: (732-726-7073)
· Woodbridge Health Center, 2 George Frederick Plaza: (732-855-0600 x5023)
· Woodbridge Town Hall, One Main Street: (732-634-4500)
The Division on Aging & Multi-Services is sponsoring a “Beat the Heat” fan donation program. Each summer the Division on Aging reaches out to community associations, the business community, and residents seeking donations of new fans to assist senior residents or low income families without air conditioning or fans.
To be eligible to receive a free fan from the “Beat the Heat” program, applicants must be a resident of Woodbridge Township, not have any cooling device or, due to illness and/or disability, cannot leave the residence to go to a cooling center, and complete a request/eligibility form, officials say.
To apply for the “Beat the Heat” Program, or to donate a fan, contact Michelle Morgan at the Division on Aging & Multi Services at 732-726-6263.
McCormac suggested that residents look out for neighbors, senior residents, and family members during periods of extreme heat. “If you know someone who may be at risk for heat stress, take a few minutes to check on them periodically throughout the day and night. You may be saving a life,” McCormac said.
The Woodbridge Township Office of Emergency Management offered the following “heat alert” suggestions:
- Remain indoors, in a properly ventilated location, as much as possible;
- If you must go out, do so early or late; wear sunscreen and clothing to protect exposed skin;
- Keep a supply of drinking water and prepared foods;
- Avoid use of stoves or ovens;
- Avoid outdoor activities; and
- Be a good neighbor and check on family and friends.