ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WMAR) — Anne Arundel County will be opening up warming centers overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning in response to extremely cold forecast temperatures.
The following locations will be available to provide warming relief: The Anne Arundel County Police will designate District Station Community Rooms at the following Precincts as warming centers from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday night, January 29, 2020 and Thursday morning, January 30, 2020.
- Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
- Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Rd, Pasadena
- Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
- 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 9-1-1. Pets are not allowed in any warming centers. Accommodations will be made for service animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to exercise caution during extremely cold temperatures.
The Department of Health offers the following tips to help residents cope with winter conditions when outside:
- Layer your clothing to have more flexibility and control over how warm you stay. Avoid cotton clothing for winter activities.
- Prepare for the unexpected. Most hypothermia cases occur due to an unexpected change in the weather or temperature.
- Wear a warm hat; up to 50 percent 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 homes and buildings.