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County Executive John R. Leopold Opens Warming Stations District Police Stations Open Overnight

Annapolis, MD (January 15, 2009)—Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that District Police Stations will be open as warming stations for County citizens.

"We still have a number of citizens who have been without power since last night’s storm,"

County Executive Leopold said. "Temperatures are expected to fall to the mid-20s overnight.

While BGE continues to work on power outages, there is no guarantee that all service will be restored before temperatures drop. These warming stations will hopefully help citizens in need of a warm place to stay."

County residents who do not have an alternative mode of shelter can utilize one of the County’s warming stations. All County Police District Stations will be open during the night for residents in need of a warm place to stay. Citizens should take their own sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, medication, food and water. All Districts have public restrooms but shower facilities are not available. Residents must check in with the front desk upon arrival.

Please utilize the following tips to avoid injury or property damage.

• Dress appropriately for the cold weather by wearing coats, hats (as much as 50% of body heat is lost through the head), scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens.
• Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes, including extra socks. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold in more body heat than cotton.
• Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine since they can cause the body to loose heat more rapidly.
• Always keep fireplaces, chimneys and wood-burning stoves clean.
• Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe usage.
• NEVER use generators inside your home, garage, crawl space or other enclosed or partially enclosed space.


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