OEM Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges County residents to take precautions as high heat and humidity impact our region. “The first heat wave of the season is here, and we encourage all County residents to have a plan and also check in on your neighbors and loved ones, especially those who can be particularly vulnerable to extreme temperatures, including older adults, young children, and those with access and functional needs,” said OEM Director Preeti Emrick. Whether inside or outside, heat can be dangerous to those who are not prepared to properly handle it. 

During this time, all County residents and visitors are encouraged to follow these guidelines: 

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink more fluids and do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. 
  • Stay Cool: Stay indoors in an air-conditioned place if possible. If your home lacks air-conditioning, visit an air-conditioned public place or a County facility for cooling relief. Even a few hours spent in air-conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities: Keep your heart rate down during the sun’s peak hours from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never Leave Anyone in a Closed, Parked Vehicle: This applies to both people and animals.

Be aware of the warning signs of heat-related illness, including hot, dry skin, trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, confusion, disorientation, or dizziness. Some medications may increase the risk of heat-related illness. Consult your physician if you have questions. If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 9-1-1.

As part of our efforts to “Beat the Heat,” Anne Arundel County will make several County facilities available for cooling relief. Community members needing temporary relief from the heat can utilize these designated facilities during normal business hours. Anyone needing sheltering, special accommodations, or additional information can contact the Crisis Warmline at 410-768-5522.

The following facilities will be available for cooling relief during the specified days and times. 

  • Anne Arundel County Police Department District Station Lobbies and/or Community Rooms will be available 24/7. 
  • Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Center Community Rooms will be available during normal business hours from 8:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. (Severn Senior Activity Center is open Monday - Sunday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
  • Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be available during normal business hours from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 10 am to 5 pm Friday through Saturday. 

Please visit https://www.aacounty.org/cool for more information. The City of Annapolis will also have available locations for temporary cooling relief. For information on locations in the City of Annapolis, visit the City of Annapolis Cooling Center press release.

All County facilities are accessible and equipped with air conditioning, water, and restroom facilities. Medical care is not available at these sites, and anyone experiencing or observing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1. Pets are not allowed in any of these County facilities. Accommodations will be made for service animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Also, in accordance with §12-4-809, a Severe Weather Animal Alert will be in effect for the County. During this time of extreme temperatures, pet owners are encouraged to take caution to ensure their pets are safe. Bringing pets indoors, ensuring pets have access to water, and being mindful that pavement can burn pet pads are ways to protect your pet. For more information please visit Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control’s website

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