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County Executive Laura Neuman Opens Warming Centers and Asks Citizens to Prepare for Snow

Publish Date: 01/20/2014


District Police Stations will open as warming centers at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Annapolis, Maryland (January 20, 2014)—Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today advised of the opening of warming centers and urges citizens to take precautions now to prepare for snow and extremely cold temperatures expected over the next few days. 

"Ensuring the safety of our citizens is my number one priority.  The Emergency Operations Center and the Department of Public Works will lead our response to this snowstorm by working to make roads passable and providing warming centers for citizens in need of a warm place to stay.  I urge everyone to exercise extreme caution and only venture out if absolutely necessary."

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 open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning 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.  

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 
Anne Arundel County is currently under a Winter Storm Warning with expected snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches starting Tuesday morning with the heaviest snowfall expected late morning through afternoon.  A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions expected.  Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.  Only travel in an emergency. Temperatures will be dropping into the teens with wind chill in the single digits Tuesday afternoon dropping to -10°F Tuesday night. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can be dangerous and life-threatening.
Department of Public Works Highways crews and the Department Operations Center (DOC) will start operations at 7:00 a.m.  Approximately 63 County trucks and 150 contractor vehicles will be available for snow removal operations.  The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will activate at  8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  
The Department of Public Works (DPW) published Level of Service for the forecasted storm is:
  • Bare pavement vehicular access on County-maintained arterial and collector roadways within 24 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 36 hours 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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