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The Office of Emergency Management Opens Warming Centers and Recommends Safety Precautions to Prepare for Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecasted for the Area

Publish Date: 01/06/2014

District Police Stations will open at 6:00 p.m. tonight

 

Annapolis, Maryland (January 6, 2014)—The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management today advised citizens that they will open warming centers and urge everyone to take precautions now to prepare for dangerously cold temperatures expected over the next 36 hours.

 

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 6:00 p.m. 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

 

County Libraries will open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 and will also be utilized as warming centers.  The Annapolis Area Library, Crofton Branch, North County Area Library, Severna Park Branch and West County Area Library are open from9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

 

The Broadneck Branch, Brooklyn Park Branch, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Branch, Edgewater Branch, Linthicum Branch, Maryland City at Russett Branch, Mountain Road Branch, Provinces Branch, Riviera Beach Branch, and South County Branch will be open from  1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

All warming centers are ADA accessible and have water and restroom facilities. The warming centers are intended to provide temporary relief from the extreme cold. Pets are not accepted at any of the warming centers.  Arrangements can be made to transport pets to Animal Control on a case by case basis if needed and resources are available.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems.

Infants, the elderly and people with poor circulation are particularly at risk for hypothermia and frostbite.  Please take the following precautions to ensure your and your family’s safety:

  • 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.
  • Store several days worth of non-perishable food and bottled water in your home.
  • Keep several days worth of medications on hand.
  • Always keep fireplaces, chimneys and wood-burning stoves clean.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended.
  • 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. 
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  • Be sure every level of your home has a functioning smoke alarm.
  • Check for the proper operation of home emergency equipment such as battery-operated radios, flashlights, emergency heating sources, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. 
  • Take precautions to prevent water pipes from freezing during periods of intense cold, such as proper insulation of pipes or draining water from exposed pipes. 

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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