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Centers and Emergency Shelters

The Office of Emergency Management coordinates Warming and Cooling Centers, Emergency Shelters, and Reception Centers. For more information about the specific differences, see below:

Warming/Cooling Centers:
 

The Office of Emergency Management coordinates the operation of warming and cooling centers during extremely cold or hot weather conditions. These centers are open to the public and will provide basic necessities such as heat or air conditioning, water, restrooms, and power. During extreme temperature conditions, warming and cooling center information will be posted to the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on Anne Arundel County’s website in press releases.


Children visiting a warming or cooling center must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Pets are not allowed in any warming or cooling centers; accommodations will be made for service animals. If you are seeking warming or cooling relief for your pet, you may contact Animal Control.

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Emergency Shelters:
 

Emergency Shelters may be established by the Office of Emergency Management during disaster conditions to provide a temporary dwelling for Anne Arundel County citizens and visitors. Emergency Shelters may provide cots, food, counseling, and basic necessities for the extent of a disaster. The location of an Emergency Shelter will be dependent upon the location and nature of the corresponding emergency or disaster. During the operation of a Emergency Shelter, Shelter information will be posted to the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on Anne Arundel County’s website in press releases.  

 

Individuals should bring the following items to Emergency Shelters, if possible and necessary: medications or medical devices; personal hygiene items; communication devices and chargers; comfort items (blanket/pillow, books/magazines, kids toys); baby formula or items for special dietary needs; copies of important documents (insurance cards, driver’s license, medical records, etc.). Do not bring weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol.

 

For information regarding pets during a disaster, visit the Office of Emergency Management’s website or social media pages for incident specific details at the time of the disaster.


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Reception Centers:
 

Reception Centers may be established by the Office of Emergency Management and/or other Anne Arundel County Departments to provide citizens and visitors a temporary, incident-specific Reception Center that can be geared towards the needs of the emergency or disaster at hand. During Reception Center operations, information will be posted to the Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on Anne Arundel County’s website in press releases.