Where and how to stay warm in extreme cold weather

Posted at 7:13 AM, Dec 14, 2016

A blast of Arctic air is expected to hit the area Thursday, bringing frigid temperatures and blustery winds.

Here are a few tips on how—and where—to stay warm through the weekend.

  • Stock up on bottled water in the event of a water outage. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works recommends keeping a three-day supply of water on hand, or one gallon per person each day.
  • Stash several days’ worth of non-perishable food.
  • Wear layers when going outside and don’t forget your hat. As much as 50 percent of body heat is lost through your head.
  • Know where your water valves off and how to shut them off in case a pipe bursts. Turn off the water pumping to outside faucets.
  • Never leave space heaters unattended and check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are still working.
  • Keep fireplaces and wood-burning stoves clean.

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Anne Arundel County is opening several warming centers to give locals relief from the cold. The following locations will be open beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 a.m.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities will open the following warming centers during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday to provide warming relief to vulnerable populations. Visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Annapolis Senior Center: 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
  • Arnold Senior Center: 44 Church Rd, Arnold
  • Brooklyn Park Senior Center: 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park
  • O'Malley Senior Center: 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton
  • Pasadena Senior Center: 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena
  • Pascal Senior Center: 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
  • South County Senior Center: 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be open Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday/Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Annapolis Regional Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
  • Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
  • Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
  • Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
  • Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
  • Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
  • Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Glen Burnie Regional Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie
  • Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum
  • Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
  • Odenton Regional Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton
  • Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
  • Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
  • Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park

The Anne Arundel County Police will make the Community Rooms at the following Precincts available from 5 p.m. Wednesday until Monday at 7 a.m.

  • Northern District: 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
  • Eastern District: 204 Pasadena Rd, Pasadena
  • Western District: 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
  • Southern District: 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Residents in need of transportation to warming centers should contact the Department of Aging and Disabilities during normal business hours, Wednesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 410-222-0022.

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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.

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