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With temperatures expected to stay in the low 20s throughout the day Friday and dip into the single digits Friday evening, Calvert County Government has announced several places residents can go to stay warm during the day.
The county’s community centers will be open during regular hours, and safe drinking water is available in each of them, according to a press release sent Friday afternoon. Residents who need to take refuge in a warm place can go to one of the following locations:
• Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
• Mt. Hope Community Center, 100 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland, open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.;
• Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed Sunday; and
• Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, 130 Auto Dr., Prince Frederick, open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
During extreme cold weather events, the primary concern is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm or weather conditions continue for more than one day, the press release states. Residents should have the following items available: flashlight and extra batteries; battery-operated NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information; extra food and water; extra medicine and baby items; First Aid supplies; heating fuel; emergency heating source (fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.); fire extinguisher and smoke detector. Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
If travel or outside activity is required, according to the release, citizens should:
• Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat;
• Watch for frostbite. Symptoms include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately;
• Watch for hypothermia. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help immediately, the release states.
Residents are encouraged to consider family members or neighbors with special needs and assist them in preparing for the winter weather. Go to www.co.cal.md.us and the county government Facebook page for updates on local preparations and county government closures.