GOVERNOR O’MALLEY URGES MARYLAND RESIDENTS TO REMAIN VIGILANT DURING PERIODS OF EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 6, 2014) – Governor O’Malley advises residents to take appropriate safety precautions as some of the coldest temperatures in 20 years approach Maryland. Temperatures are expected to dip to near or just below zero in central Maryland, with lows as cold as 15 below zero in the western portion of the state. Temperatures will be slightly warmer in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore but wind chills are expected to drop temperatures dangerously low across most of the state for isolated periods.
“The brutal cold that's coming our way can be dangerous, and Marylanders need to be vigilant and prepared," said Governor Martin O’Malley. “After just a few minutes in weather like this, hypothermia can set in and exposed skin can suffer from frostbite. I urge everyone in Maryland to exercise caution, limit their activities outdoors, wear loose layers and cover all exposed skin if venturing outside is unavoidable.”
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has been monitoring the weather forecast for several days and has been in touch with the four National Weather Service offices serving the state as well as local emergency management offices. MEMA and other state agencies are closely monitoring conditions to support local efforts in case additional shelters and/or heating centers need to be opened.
Here are some tips for dealing with the upcoming cold snap:
“If you have any relatives, friends or neighbors who may not have adequate heat, please check on their welfare during these next few days,” said MEMA Executive Director Ken Mallette. “If you have the ability, help them get to someplace warm or contact local social service providers on their behalf.”
Tune in to your local news and radio stations for the most up-to-date information in your jurisdiction. Be sure to follow MEMA and local officials on Facebook, Twitter, and regularly check websites for updates. Marylanders are encouraged to call 211 or their local city or county governments for information on local shelters and warming centers. MEMA will also update their website with shelter hours and locations as they become available.
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