In western New Jersey, a shelter is available at Warren County Technical School, 1024 Route 57, Franklin Township, Warren Co., N.J. Drive around the left side of the building, following the Red Cross signs, and enter at the rear of the building to the school gym. The shelter has a capacity of 100. Showers and hot food are available, and those in need can stay overnight.
Those in need can warm up and recharge cell phones at the following locations:
- The Warren County Library Northeast Branch, 40 US Highway 46, Independence Twp., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Warren County Library Franklin Branch, 1502 Route 57, Washington, in the Warren County Technical School, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Lopatcong Municipal Building, 232 South Third St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stewartsville Presbyterian Church, North Main Street, Stewartsville, Greenwich Twp., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Washington Township Municipal Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Masonic Lodge, Stillwater Road, Blairstown, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Trinity United Methodist Church, Main Street, Hackettstown, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Independence Township Firehouse, 24 Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Coffee and hot chocolate are being provided.
Meanwhile, Frelinghuysen Municipal Building and Independence Township Firehouse, which have been open as warming centers, are closed on Tuesday due to the election
Another shelter is open at Hunterdon County Complex at 314 Route 12 in Flemington, N.J.
In Hackettstown, Warren Co., N.J., Trinity United Methodist Church's Starr Hall is open for overnight shelter for those who need it. Please bring bedding and food, and no pets please. Go to the main church building off of the parking lot to the entrance by the drive-around circle.
The church's main building at 213 Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to stop in and warm up, charge devices or just have a place to stay for awhile.
Janice Osborne of the Red Cross' Lehigh Valley chapter said there are several items you should take with you to a shelter, including prescription medications, blankets, pillow and comfortable clothes. If you have a small child or an infant, make sure you take infant supplies and infant formula, Osborne said.
Community members checking in at shelters should bring pillows, blankets and any medication needed.
The Red Cross has a free smartphone app that will show you where the nearest open shelter is located.
Distribution of bags of ice and cases of bottled water continue on Tuesday, November 6, for residents without electricity.
The Warren County Health Department, in conjunction with JCP&L and the Warren County Human Services Department, is making available 7-pound bags of ice and cases of bottled water.
The county’s main distribution point is Walmart on Route 22 East, Pohatcong, where distribution continues Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday will be the final day for distribution at this location.
As of Monday afternoon, the county had distributed four tractor trailer loads of water and about two tractor trailers of ice, all provided by JCP&L, according to Warren County Health Officer Peter Summers. “We’ve moved a lot of water,” Summers remarked, “Literally tons and tons of water.”
Water and ice also was available at a number of sites operated by local emergency management officials, at the municipal buildings in Blairstown, Frelinghuysen, Washington Township and White Township, and at the fire stations in Belvidere, Harmony, Hope, Independence, Knowlton, and Mansfield’s Tri-County Fire Department. Summers said the local authorities did not request more supplies Monday, so either distribution is continuing at those locations or the need has abated.
The American Red Cross has been receiving numerous phone calls from the public asking about financial assistance for food or replacement of groceries lost during the recent power outages. While it would be nearly impossible, both logistically and financially, for the Red Cross to replace groceries for that many people, there are other agencies that can help.
Residents may call their major food bank distributor in Northeast Pennsylvania or call 1-855-501-6785 for a list of food banks in their area.
Below is a list of Northeast Pennsylvania counties and contact information for major food banks within the counties:
• Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties: Please call Second Harvest Food Bank at (610) 434-0875 or visit www.shfblv.org for a list of food banks in your neighborhood. For Lehigh and Northampton counties residents only, disaster boxes filled with nonperishable food are being distributed. Residents must pick up the boxes at 2045 Harvest Way in Allentown, Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Berks and Schuylkill counties, call the Greater Berks Food Bank at (610) 926-5802.