With temperatures forecast to drop dangerously low Monday night and Tuesday, Anne Arundel County officials are setting up warming centers and emergency shelters.
The county's four police stations will open at 6 p.m. Monday for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. Anyone visiting the police stations should bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, medication, food and water. There are no showers at the police stations.
The police stations include:
- Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.
- Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road in Pasadena.
- Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road in Odenton.
- Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.
The county's library branches also will be used as warming centers Tuesday. Most library branches will be open from 1 p.m.until 9 p.m., but four branches will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.:
- Annapolis Area Library, 1410 West St. in Annapolis.
- Crofton Branch Library, 1681 Riedel Road in Crofton.
- North County Area Library, 1010 Eastway in Glen Burnie.
- Severna Park Branch Library, 45 West McKinsey Road in Severna Park.
- West County Area Library, 1325 Annapolis Road in Odenton.
The county's senior centers also are open as warming centers to people of all ages. The following centers will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday:
- Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Ave. in Annapolis.
- Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road in Arnold.
- O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton.
- Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road in Pasadena.
- Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie.
- South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.
- Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 22 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.
Transportation to the senior centers can be arranged by calling 410-222-4826.
One hundred additional beds for people who are homeless have been set up at county churches and shelters.
In Annapolis, emergency officials are checking on areas where homeless people stay to make sure they know about shelters and other resources, said David Mandell, public information officer for the city's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management.
"It's going to be potentially life-threatening to stay outside for long," he said.
Emergency officials also are offering safety tips for coping with the cold weather.
For those who must go outside, you should dress in layers with hats and scarves or masks to cover the face, as well as gloves or mittens.
Space heaters should never be left unattended. Chimneys, fireplaces and wood stoves should be kept clean and generators should only be used outside -- never inside a hoome, in the garage, in a crawl space or in any other enclosed area.
Pets also should be brought indoors.
The National Weather Service forecast predicts Monday night's low temperature in Annapolis could dip to 8 degrees, with the wind chill as low as -9 due to a west wind of 25 to 29 mph and gusts up to 43 mph.
Tuesday's weather should be sunny but with a high temperature of only 17 degrees and a wind chill of -11. Tuesday's winds could be 16 to 23 mph with wind gusts up to 34 mph. Tuesday night's low will be 13.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Anne Arundel County and most of the region from midnight Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
For information or assistance, the county's emergency office can be reached at 410-222-0600 and the Annapolis emergency office can be reached at 410-216-9167. The county's mobile crisis team can be reached at 410-768-5522.