The Camden County Commissioner Board offers assistance to senior citizens with a disability who are unable to remove significant amounts of snow accumulation from the front of their properties.
The Senior Snow Removal Program has specific criteria including:
- Those eligible must be aged 65 years or older and have a disability
- Snow must have amounted to 4 inches or more*
Please keep in mind the following:
- Calls for snow removal will not be taken until the snow has reached 4 inches and has stopped falling*
- All calls received beforehand will not be accepted
- Phone calls will stop being taken 24-hours following the end of the snowstorm
- Crews will respond to calls once the snow completely stops
- The number of crews may be limited
- Crews generally work from 9 AM to 2 PM
- Response to calls are based upon location, not in the order that is called
- There are no guaranteed times when the crews will arrive at a residence – it can take up to a few days depending on the number of requests and the amount of snowfall
- Crews will only shovel the front sidewalk and/or a pathway from your front door to the street
- Please disclose if you need additional assistance, such as removing snow from a ramp
- Crews will not remove snow from your vehicle or driveway
- Try to prepare another method for snow removal; this service is for those who may have an emergency due to a disability or ailment
* snow totals are according to the Mt. Holly National Weather Service.
The Department of Corrections supplies necessary equipment and personnel through the prison’s Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP), which allows guarded carefully screened, low-offending, nonviolent inmates to work and get some fresh air. Contact and conversation between the inmates and the public are prohibited.
The Office of Emergency Management monitors weather conditions and records caller information. To be placed on the list, please call (856)-783-4808 ext. 5035 from 8 AM until 4 PM. Outside of that timeframe, please leave a voicemail with your name, age, full address (street, town [where you pay your taxes to], and zip code), and phone number to receive a call back confirming your eligibility.
For any questions or concerns regarding the Senior Snow Removal program, please call (856)-783-4808 ext. 5035 from 8 AM until 4 PM.
Winter Weather Precautions:
- Dress in layers and cover your exposed skin to avoid frostbite.
- It only takes 30 to 45 minutes for exposed skin to develop frostbite
- Mittens keep children’s hands warmer than gloves.
- Avoid wearing cotton, it holds in moisture and loses its insulating properties.
- Remember that even clear-looking sidewalks can be slippery.
- Keep dog walks brief, don’t leave animals outside and consider a dog coat.
- Please check on your neighbors, especially those that are elderly, disabled or live alone.
- Using your ceiling fan clockwise on low recirculates warm air through the room.
- Never use a stove, oven or a gas grill to heat your home.
- Use space heaters safely on a level, firm surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away. Turn off space heaters before going to bed.
- Wood -burning fireplaces should have a glass or metal screen large enough to catch sparks or rolling logs. Never leave children alone in the room when a fire is lit. Keep all flammable items at least three feet away from the fireplace. Always make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid the costly repair of pipes that freeze and burst.
- To prevent pipes from freezing, run water, even at a trickle. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing but be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
- To conserve electricity, turn off lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
- At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.