Excessive Cold Prompts Opening of Warming Centers
The Anne Arundel County Police will make the Community Rooms at the following Precincts to provide warming relief:
o Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
o Eastern District, 204 Pasadena 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:
Residents should also be aware of the risks cold weather poses when inside the house. The Fire Department offers the following tips to help residents remain safe in their homes during cold conditions: