01.06.14 Howard County Urges Caution, Offers Services During Extreme Cold(2)
January 6, 2014
Media Contact: Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Howard County Urges Caution, Offers Services During Extreme Cold
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is urging residents to take necessary steps to prepare for the extreme cold weather approaching this evening.
“Please check on your neighbors during this weather event,” Executive Ulman said. “The care and compassion we show each other is the most important resource during times of need.”
Howard County Government issued the following information related to cold weather:
- Residents are encouraged to check on neighbors who may be vulnerable to insure their heat is functioning.
- If residents encounter homeless individuals in need of assistance, please contact the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at 410-531-6677. The Center is located at 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, and can place individuals in a cold weather shelter or another location.
- In the case of power outages, generators must never be run indoors. They must be run outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Kerosene heaters should be used with caution.
- County facilities will be open Tuesday, Jan. 7 and can provide a space for residents to get warm. A list of Howard County Library System locations and hours can be found at www.hclibrary.org, and a list of Howard County Senior Center locations can be found at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/departments.aspx?ID=1736.