Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202

Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009

Staying Safe in Cold Weather

The cold weather has returned. Temperatures over the next several days will drop into the 20s and 30s with winds making it feel like single  digits.  There are several things you can do to protect yourself from the cold:

  • Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head. 
  • Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer. 
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct cold air. Cover your ears and the lower part of your face.
  • Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps keep your hands warm.
  • Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.
  • If you are in need of shelter, call Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at (410) 531-6677.
  • Be alert to other common winter hazards, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and injuries from heat sources. CO is produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. This colorless, odorless gas can cause severe illness and death. Go to for CO poisoning prevention tips.
  • Do not forget about pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association has great tips for all of our four-legged family members. Visit for more.
  • Vehicles should contain items such as heavy blankets, water, nonperishable food, a flashlight and a snow shovel. More information about cold weather preparedness may be found at:

**EXTENDED** Open Enrollment for Healthcare has been extended until December 22, 2017

Open Enrollment for healthcare begins on November 1, 2017 and now ends on December 22, 2017.  

Hours are:  Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
                     Wednesday extended hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

***Special Saturday Hours***: Saturday, December 16, 2017  9:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more information call 410-313-5845.

Seasonal Walk-in Flu Clinics
Date  Time Location
Wednesday, December 13, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Health Department 
8930 Stanford Dr.
Columbia, MD  21045
Wednesday, December 20, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, visit our Behavioral Health page or call 410-313-6202.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Time Place
December 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
The Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus. Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                     Columbia, MD 21045 
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday

Between the hours of 12pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check

Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.

•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at
(410) 313-2780

Foodborne Illnesses


Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.