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Howard officials offer tips on keeping warm during big freeze

By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com

8:55 AM EST, January 7, 2014

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As freezing temperatures and gusts of wind up to 45 mph sweep the region, Howard County officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to keep themselves and their neighbors warm.  

The thermometer Tuesday won't rise past 13 degrees, with wind chills bringing the temperature to as cold as 15 degrees below zero early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

Howard County residents without adequate heating can keep warm in county facilities, including all Howard County library branches and senior centers, officials said. 

Howard County public schools are still scheduled to open on time, officials said Monday afternoon. Any change in plans will be announced at hcpss.org. 

County Executive Ken Ulman encouraged residents to check on their neighbors. 

"The care and compassion we show each other is the most important resource during times of need," Ulman said in a statement. 

Officials also emphasized that generators should never be run indoors in the event of a power outage. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, all generators should be kept outside. 

And they urged anyone who encounters a homeless person in need of assistance to contact the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at 410-531-6677.