Anne Arundel County today has issued a Code Red Heat Alert in response to expected oppressive heat, humidity and air quality, according to a release.
ABC2 meteorologists forecast at heat index of about 100 degrees today.
The county provided a list of safety precautions and a list of open cooling centers.
From the release:
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging will open the following cooling centers from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide cooling relief to vulnerable populations. Visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis
- O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton
- Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena
- Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie
- South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
- Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd, Arnold
Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be open 9 am to 9 pm:
- Annapolis Area Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
- Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
- Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
- Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
- Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
- Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
- Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
- Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum
- Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
- Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
- North County Area Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie
- Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
- Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
- Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park
- West County Area Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton
The Anne Arundel County Police will make the Community Rooms at the following Precincts available for 24 hours.
- Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore
- Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena
- Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton
- Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
All centers are accessible, air-conditioned and have water and restroom facilities. Medical care is not available and anyone experiencing or observing a medical emergency should call 911. Pets are not allowed in any cooling centers. Accommodations will be made for service animals.
During this time period, all County citizens/residents are encouraged to do the following:
- Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
- Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public place or a County cooling center-even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who have a mental illness