As most cities in the region, Camden issued an emergency declaration and is shutting down its city hall, courts and school district Monday as it braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Dana L. Redd has declared a local disaster emergency, which restricts traffic in the city to essential personnel and necessary travel starting at 7:00 p.m. Sunday until further notice.
A Camden hotline has been set up - 856-968-4743 or 856-757-7630- for residents who need assistance with hurricane preparedness; to report any downed trees or power lines, flooded roads, flooded basements; etc.
The much anticipated Camden school board meeting, in which at least one renaissance school project was going to be discussed, was canceled. All distrcit schools and Rutgers-Camden also canceled classes Monday.
For those residents who are in flood prone areas or cannot remain in a safe dwelling, five schools and three community centers in the city are open as emergency shelter. Those facilities are:
- Octavius V. Catto Community School located at 3100 Westfield Ave.;
- Thomas H. Dudley Elementary School located at 2250 Berwick St.;
- Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) located at 1602 Pine St.;
- H.B. Wilson Elementary School located at 2250 South 8th St.; and
- Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy located 990 Morgan Blvd.
- Malandra Hall Community Center located at New Jersey and Merrimac Roads;
- Isabel Miller Community Center located at 8th St. and Carl Miller Blvd.
- North Camden Community Center located 6th and Erie St.