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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY: Excessive Cold Prompts Opening of Warming Centers

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By Press release submission | Feb 17, 2020

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Anne Arundel County issued the following announcement on Feb. 14.

Anne Arundel County opened warming centers overnight last Friday, February 14, 2020 in response to extremely cold forecast temperatures. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the low 20s with wind chill values in the teens. The following locations will be available to provide warming relief:

Anne Arundel County Police will designate District Station Community Rooms at the following precincts as warming centers from 9:00 p.m. Friday night, February 14, 2020 until 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, February 15, 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. Whether inside or outside, cold weather can be dangerous to those who are not prepared to properly handle it.

Advanced hypothermia (decreased core body temperature) can be accompanied by stiffness, excessive shivering, confusion, slurred speech, numbness, or a weak pulse. Watch for changes in levels of consciousness and motor coordination, indicated by stumbles, mumbles, fumbles, and grumbles. Symptoms of frostbite (skin damage due to cold temperatures) include gradual numbness, pale or purple skin, hard (wooden) skin, or a tingling or burning feeling in the impacted area. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know may be suffering from hypothermia or frostbite.

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Source: Anne Arundel County

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