Carroll to open warming centers Tuesday

The Carroll County Department of Citizen Services will operate six warming centers around the county Tuesday because of the frigid temperatures with chills below zero.

The public libraries will also be open and available to anyone in need of a warm place.

All residents who are vulnerable to extreme cold and who do not have sufficient heat in their homes are encouraged to seek warmth in the county's senior and community centers from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The centers are located at:

• Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 RIdge Avenue, Mount Airy

• North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

• South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg

• Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown

• Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster

The Citizens Services Office Building will also be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for county residents to stay out of the cold. The office is located at 10 Distillery Drive in Westminster.

The libraries are open from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and are located at:

• Eldersburg Branch Library, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg

• Finksburg Branch Library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg

• Mt. Airy Branch Library, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mt. Airy

• North Carroll Branch Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount

• Taneytown Branch Library, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown

• Westminster Branch Library, 50 E. Main Street, Westminster

Human Services Programs of Carroll County operates a cold weather shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at 127 Stoner Avenue during the cold weather season. When overflow space is needed, Human Services has partnered with the Westminster Rescue Mission to provide transportation to a limited number of alternative overnight accommodations.

Human Services can be contacted at 410-857-2999.

During the day, On Our Own provides a cold shelter at 265 E. Main Street in Westminster from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

On Our Own can be reached at 410-751-6600.

The Carroll County Office of Public Safety, Support Services, Emergency Management encourages people to follow the following safety tips when temperatures are extremely cold:

• Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Remember to consider your pets.

• Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat and mittens to stay warmer.

• Be careful of frostbite. If a part of the body loses feeling and the skin feels waxy or looks white or grey, warm gently and seek medical help.

• Watch out for hypothermia. Shivering, memory loss, confusion, slurred speech, and drowsiness are all warming signs. Seek medical attention for signs of hypothermia.

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