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Excessive Heat Prompts Opening of Cooling Centers

Publish Date: 07/02/2014

Anne Arundel County has activated the Code Red Heat Alert Plan in response to expected oppressive heat, humidity and poor air quality over the next 24 hours. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Anne Arundel County from Noon until 7:00 p.m. today. Forecasts call for high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, combining with humidity to make heat index values in excess of 105 degrees.

 
The following locations will be available to provide cooling relief:
 

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging will open the following cooling centers from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to provide cooling relief to vulnerable populations. Visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
  • Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis 
  • O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton 
  • Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena 
  • Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie 
  • South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd, Arnold

Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be open 9 am to 9 pm:
  • Annapolis Area Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
  • Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
  • Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
  • Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
  • Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
  • Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis 
  • Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum 
  • Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
  • Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
  • North County Area Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie 
  • Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
  • Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
  • Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park
  • West County Area Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton 

The Anne Arundel County Police will make the Community Rooms at the following Precincts available for 24 hours.
 
  • Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore 
  • Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena 
  • Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton 
  • Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 
All centers are accessible, air-conditioned and have water and restroom facilities. Medical care is not available and anyone experiencing or observing a medical emergency should call 911. Pets are not allowed in any cooling centers. Accommodations will be made for service animals.
 
During this time period, all County citizens/residents are encouraged to do the following: 
 
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
     
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
     
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public place or a County cooling center–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
     
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
     
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
     
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
     
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
       
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

 


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