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County prepares roads for snow, code blue and warming centers for those in need

County prepares roads for snow, code blue and warming centers for those in need 

(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Department of Public Works is busy brining emergency routes, overpasses and major county roadways today in anticipation of the forecasted one to two inches of snow expected to begin later tonight. 

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, "By the end of the day all of the county's 410 miles of roadway will be brined. If it does snow, we ask that you let our Public Works crews do their job and take your time going to work or driving." 

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to Public Works said, “The county’s trucks are prepared and loaded with salt. We have 3,600 tons of salt on hand throughout the county and four brine tanks.  The brining is very effective in this type of weather.”   

The Public Works Department generally will not plow roads until there is upward of two inches of snow on the ground.  They may spread salt on overpasses and icy areas, and when necessary push slush off the roadways. 

In response to the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast for the next 24 to 36 hours, Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said that the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Response is implementing its Code Blue Plan. 

Given that the five-day forecast currently predicts temperatures/conditions necessitating Code Blue accommodations be available for the duration (Tuesday, Dec. 12) at the “First Call for Help” arrangements listed below. 

Chila said, “We have been working with our local community partners on this plan to provide information, and potentially direct assistance, to those homeless in their communities in need of, and receptive to, shelter from the elements.”

Chila said that the following information can be shared with anyone who would benefit from temporary relief from the cold/inclement weather which is available at the listed county and municipal facilities:  (Please take note of the hours/days of operation for each of the facilities). 

Contact Information             

First Call for Help - Gloucester County Homeless Hotline (County Code Blue Contact)
Tel: 800-648-0132
Open: Mon - Fri 4:00pm - 8:00am; 24 hours Sat & Sun
Special instructions: Call for location. 

Warming Center Locations
(mainly weekdays)

Franklin Community Center
1584 Coles Mill Road
Franklinville, NJ 08322
Tel: 856-694-1413
Open: Mon - Thu 10:00am - 8:00pm; Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm 

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 

Mantua Township Community Center
111 Mercer Ave.
Sewell, NJ 08080
Tel: 856-468-4773
Open: Mon - Fri 11:00am - 1:00pm 

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 

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 

Pfeiffer Community Center
301 Blue Bell Street
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Tel: 856-728-1140
Open: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 9:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm 
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