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Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Wednesday January 7th, 2015 :: 05:01 p.m. EST


Excessive Cold Prompts Opening of Warming Centers

Anne Arundel County Fire Department
8501 Veterans Highway Millersville, MD 21108
Phone (410) 222-8200 Fax (410) 987-2904

County Executive Steven R. Schuh
Fire Chief Allan C. Graves


For Immediate Release: January 7, 2015

Contact: Captain Russ Davies
410-222-8305 (Office)
410-222-8746 (PIO Line)

Excessive Cold Prompts Opening of Warming Centers

Anne Arundel County will be opening warming centers this evening at 6:00 p.m. in response to expected extreme cold weather conditions tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for tonight with temperatures expected to range from near zero to 10 degrees and winds 15 to 25 miles per hour creating wind chills from -5 to -10 degrees.

“We need to ensure that our citizens remain safe during cold weather conditions,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “I encourage those who may need these facilities to exercise caution and take advantage of a warming center in their area.”

The following locations will be available to provide warming relief:

Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be available until their normal closing time of 9:00 pm (the Severna Park Library is closed for renovations and the Severn Library is closed for mechanical issues):

o Annapolis Area Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
o Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
o Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
o Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
o Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
o Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
o Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
o Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum
o Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
o Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
o North County Area Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie
o Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
o 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.

o Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
o Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena
o Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
o Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

All centers are accessible 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 warming centers. Accommodations will be made for service animals.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management encourage residents to exercise caution during extremely cold temperatures. Whether inside or outside, cold weather can be dangerous to those who are not prepared to deal with it.

Advanced hypothermia (decreased core body temperature) is usually accompanied by stiffness, excessive shivering, confusion, slurred speech, numbness or a weak pulse. Watch for the stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles which show changes in motor coordination and levels of consciousness. Symptoms of frostbite (skin damage due to cold temperatures) include gradual numbness, pale or purple skin, hard (wooden) skin, or tingling or burning in the affected area. Contact your local emergency services if you or someone you know may be suffering from hypothermia or frostbite.

Children, the elderly and people with poor circulatory systems are at particular risk for hypothermia or frostbite. The Department of Health offers the following tips to help residents cope with winter conditions when outside:

• Layer your clothing; it gives more flexibility and control over how warm you stay. Avoid cotton clothing for winter activities.
• Prepare for the unexpected. Most problems with hypothermia occur because of an unexpected change in the weather or temperature.
• Wear a warm hat. As much as 50 of body heat is lost through the head.
• Avoid getting wet when the temperature dips.
• Wear waterproof boots or shoes to keep your feet dry.
• Drink plenty of water. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol.

Residents should also be aware of the risks cold weather poses when inside the house. The Department offers the following tips to help residents remain safe in their homes during cold conditions:
• Store several days’ worth of non-perishable food and bottled water.
• Keep several days’ worth of medications.
• Keep fireplaces and wood-burning stoves clean.
• Never leave space heaters on and unattended.
• Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operating properly.
• Check on elderly or disabled neighbors and relatives.

The decision on opening of the warming centers will be made each day based upon the current forecast and an advisory being issued by the National Weather Service.


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Anne Arundel County Fire Department
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 410-222-8200

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