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Calvert County government offices will open two hours late Wednesday, Jan. 22, as the aftermath of a winter storm continues to make road conditions dangerous.
According to a press release sent Wednesday morning, county government offices and the circuit court will open at 10:30 a.m.; the Appeal Landfill and all Calvert County customer convenience centers will be delayed two hours; Calvert County public libraries will open at noon; county community centers and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open two hours late; transportation services will begin two hours behind the normal schedule; county senior centers will open two hours late; and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.
Check the Calvert County Parks and Recreation Facebook page for the status of evening activities.
The county also announced that with snow falling and temperatures in the single digits, there are several places residents can go to stay warm if needed.
Project ECHO will be available as an emergency overnight warming center. Project ECHO is located at 484 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Residents can call ahead at 410-535-0044 or drop in. 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 Wednesday.
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. Residents should have the following items available, according to the release:
• Flashlight and extra batteries;
• Battery-operated NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information, as these may be the only links to the outside;
• Extra food and water — high-energy food and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best;
• Extra medicine and baby items;
• First aid supplies;
• Heating fuel;
• Emergency heating source (fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.); and
• Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
If travel or outside activity is required, county government urges residents to:
• 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 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, nonalcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help immediately.
For more information, go to www.co.cal.md.us.