Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

With temperatures expected to soar well into the 90s these next few days, Morris County government is preparing to assist residents in beating the heat.

The County is particularly mindful of the special challenges of the high temperatures for seniors and the disabled. To that end, the Morris County Nutrition sites, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, are available for any senior or disabled person who would like to cool off, as well as enjoy the fellowship and a nutritious meal.  For more information about the Nutrition sites and their days of operation, please visit the County’s Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services website at

The Morris County Library is also available to any resident who needs to beat the heat. The building is cool, there is great material to read and wireless access is also available. The Library is open this week, Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 9 PM and Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. For more information, please visit the Library website at

Municipal cooling stations are listed on the Office of Emergency Management website at and on its Facebook page at

The Morris County Office of Health Management is also helping residents prepare for the heat by sharing various tips. “The best defense is prevention,” said Morris County Health Officer Carlos Perez, who advises everyone to drink more fluids (nonalcoholic) regardless of their activity level and even if they are not thirsty.

Other tips from Perez include:

  • Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air conditioned place. Avoid being outside during the heat of the day, between 2 and 6pm.
  • Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Avoid leaving anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, Perez said infants, young children, individuals 65 years of age and older, people who have a mental illness and anyone with heart disease or high blood pressure are at greater risk than others and should be check regularly.

For more information on the signs of heat related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, please visit

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges the community to assist one another during these times of high heat. “We should also remember to look in on elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they are safe.” Freeholder Director Bill Chegwidden said.