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Anne Arundel County Government to Close at 1:00 PM Today Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Publish Date: 01/21/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (January 21, 2014)—Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced that all County government offices will close at 1:00 PM today.

 

The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor weather conditions.  Snow is expected to become heavier this afternoon with near blizzard conditions.  Current predictions are that snow will end around midnight with 8-10 inches of snow expected.  High winds can cause snow drifts and temperatures are expected to be below freezing. 

 

County Executive Neuman opened warming centers at all Police District Stations this morning.   The warming centers will continue to stay open for at least the next 24 hours. County residents who do not have an alternative mode of shelter can utilize one of the County’s warming stations.  Citizens are reminded to 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. 

 

District Police Stations:

 

Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore 21225

Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena 21122

Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton 21133

Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 21027

 

Citizens are reminded that road conditions will become increasingly hazardous and asked to only travel when absolutely necessary.  

 

Department of Public Works Highways crews and the Department Operations Center (DOC) are responding to the storm as appropriate.  Approximately 63 County trucks and 150 contractor vehicles are available for snow removal operations. 

 

As a reminder, the Department of Public Works (DPW) published Level of Service for the forecasted storm is as follows:
  

  • Bare pavement vehicular access on County-maintained arterial and collector roadways within 24 – 36 hours AFTER the end of the storm;
  • Passable, but not bare pavement, vehicular access on County-maintained local roadways (ie, residential streets, culs-de-sac, dead-ends, etc) within 2 -3 days AFTER the end of the storm.
  • Citizens are urged to take the necessary steps to ensure their safety during and following the storm and to assist DPW crews as they continue clearing roads.
  •  Maintain an adequate supply of household necessities, including medications, heating fuel, food and water.
  • Reschedule appointments prior to or after the expected storm event.
  • Park all vehicles in a driveway whenever possible.  If off-street parking is not available, please work with your neighbors to park all vehicles on one side of the road only.  If the plows cannot safely access your street due to on-street parking, service will be delayed until adequate access is available or until smaller equipment becomes available.
  • Children and drivers should be cautioned to stay clear of plows and other heavy equipment to allow plow operators to perform their work efficiently and safely.
  • Please clear sidewalks in front of your residence of snow and ice.
  • Remove all recycling containers, trash cans and other obstacles from the street to allow plows access.
  • Maintain a safe following distance on the roadways during slick conditions, maintain low speeds and turn on your lights to increase visibility.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  • Have vehicles properly winterized and equipped with all-season or snow tires.
  • Carry a survival kit, flashlight, food, water, sand or other traction material and a shovel in your vehicle.

 

Finally, remember to check on elderly or disabled family members, friends and neighbors.  Please bring pets inside.  If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them.

 

For more information, contact the County’s Office of Emergency Management at 410-222-0600.


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