"I think they have pretty much got everybody in, is what I am getting," Krass said, noting some people may not have wanted help or shelter.

Krass also urged residents to help anyone who is not wearing a coat or adequate winter clothing.

For the most part, people appeared to be hunkered down during the day Tuesday.

The county offered the following tips to residents through Wednesday, when the cold is expected to start lifting:

Sign up to receive our free daily email newsletter: Bel Air Today

Staying warm

Keep the thermostat of the home at 65 degrees at a minimum. Consistently check to ensure the home is warm. Although heating costs may be rising, health and safety during extremely cold weather conditions should be a priority. Place weather-stripping around windows and doors to help prevent drafts. Keep doors to unused rooms closed and close curtains at night. Add an extra blanket to the bed as opposed to using electric blankets. Dress in layers of loose fitting clothing. If venturing outdoors, make sure the head is covered.


Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. When traveling drive during daylight hours and keep others informed of your schedule and planned destination. Have a safety kit in the vehicle. This would include a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom or brush, working flashlight, battery powered radio, water, snacks or food items, emergency road flares and blankets. Keep the gas tank full to help prevent gas line freezing. Keep extra hats, gloves as well as a sweater or coat in the car.

General safety

Keep cell phones fully charged if possible to help ensure they are ready in the event of an emergency. When going outdoors, cover exposed skin to help prevent frostbite. Look for signs of hypothermia and seek medical attention immediately if symptoms develop.

In the event of a power outage, avoid using generators in the home or garage. Generators produce carbon monoxide and should only be outside in well-ventilated areas to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning to occupants of a home.

Avoid the use of portable grills, camp stoves or other propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement or any partially enclosed area. Such equipment should only be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and away from doors, windows or vents which could allow carbon-monoxide to come indoors.

Remember to check on and help neighbors and those with special needs, including infants, senior citizens, those with chronic illnesses and people with disabilities. Don't forget the safety and well-being of pets. Do not keep pets outdoors during sub-freezing, harsh weather conditions. Pets should be brought indoors. If leaving the home for an extended period, place pets in an interior room that is heated, along with food and water to help ensure health and well-being.

For further information on winter and storm preparedness, visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at http://www.harfordpublicsafety.org or the Federal Emergency Management Agency website at http://www.fema.gov or call 410-638-4900.