Anne Arundel County Opens Alternate Shelter - Annapolis High School Shelter Closing South County Senior Center to Open at 11 AM Thursday
Glen Burnie (February 15, 2007) - The Office of Emergency Management announced this morning that the South County Senior Center will open its doors at 11:00 a.m. today to accommodate Anne Arundel County and Annapolis City residents who are without power. Annapolis High School will not be used for a shelter for this storm event after 11:00 a.m. today.
Based on the what shelter officials deemed a special needs clientele, Emergency Management officials decided to open an alternate facility to better meets those special needs and provide a more comfortable environment. In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, transportation is being provided to those people who are still at the Annapolis High School shelter at this time. Transportation to the South County Senior Center is also available to others by calling the Office of Emergency Management.
As with the Annapolis High School Shelter, Department of Health nurses, Red Cross and Social Services staff will be on-hand to greet and assist those in need of shelter. Anyone wishing to use the shelter is encouraged to bring with them personal hygiene items, comfort items, activities for their children, ready to eat snacks, bedding and medications.
If no other options are available, pets may be brought to the shelter where Animal Control staff will accept and transport animals to the Animal Control facility in Millersville. Pets will be cared for there until pet-owners can return home. Pets should be crated if at all possible.
At present, more than 40,000 Anne Arundel County households remain without power. Bitter cold temperatures are particularly problematic for the more vulnerable population including the elderly and small children. Those without power in their homes are encouraged to seek shelter through friends, relatives or the county facility at the South County Senior Center.
For further information, contact the Office of Emergency Management at (410) 222-0600. The South County Senior Center is located at 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.