County officials make local libraries available as a warm place for the homeless during sub-freezing temperatures

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The Harford County government announced it’s making local libraries available as place for the homeless to keep warm during the current cold snap. It also offers safety tips for dealing with the frigid weather.

County Officials Concerned

  Regarding Subfreezing Temperatures

Homeless and elderly population at risk

            (Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County Government officials have expressed concerns regarding the subfreezing temperatures which have hit the county and most of the State of Maryland.  The National Weather Service is forecasting subfreezing temperatures to remain throughout the next several days.

“Our weather is going to be deadly cold the next few days and we are very concerned for our elderly and homeless population,” said County Executive David R. Craig.  “Preparation for this bitter cold weather is essential for survival,” remarked the County Executive.

The Harford County Department of Community Services in cooperation with the Harford County Health Department and Harford County Division of Emergency Operations is urging homeless individuals to seek shelter, particularly during the evening hours and avoid as much as possible the bitter cold. According to health department officials, prolonged exposure to the frigid temperatures can cause body temperature to drop significantly which may lead to hypothermia, and can result in fatal consequences.

For those who venture out into the cold, the following safety tips are recommended:

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing, gloves, hats, scarfs and waterproof boots.
  • Cover exposed areas of the body to help prevent frostbite.
  • Conserve energy and limit outside activities during the cold spell.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor.

The Harford County Department of Community Services has initiated the County’s Freezing Weather Plan.  The Plan will remain in effect through the duration of the severe weather event.  Additionally, the Harford County Health Department is offering safety precautions via their website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.

             To assist the homeless and those needing shelter during the day and evening hours, the Harford County Public Library will operate the following branches during the hours and locations listed:

Aberdeen Library

410-273-5608

21 Franklin Street

Aberdeen, MD 21001

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun (Oct–Apr)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

Abingdon Library

410-638-3990

2510 Tollgate Road

Abingdon, MD 21009

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun (Oct–Apr)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

Bel Air Library

410-638-3151

410-838-3371 (TTY)

100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue

Bel Air, MD 21014

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun (Oct–Apr)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Darlington Library

410-638-3750

1134 Main Street

Darlington, MD 21034

 

Mon, Tue, Wed

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thu

noon – 5:00 pm

Fri

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sat

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

 

Edgewood Library

410-612-1600

629 Edgewood Road

Edgewood, MD 21040

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Fallston Library

410-638-3003

1461 Fallston Road

Fallston, MD 21047

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Havre de Grace Library

410-939-6700

120 N. Union Avenue

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Jarrettsville Library

410-692-7887

3722 Norrisville Road

Jarrettsville, MD 21084

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Joppa Library

410-612-1660

655 Towne Center Drive

Joppa, MD 21085

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Norrisville Library

410-692-7850

5310 Norrisville Road,

White Hall, MD 21161

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

Whiteford Library

410-638-3608

410-452-8831

2407 Whiteford Road

Whiteford, MD 21160

 

Mon & Wed

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Tue & Thu

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri & Sat

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

“When severe, cold weather strikes we need to make sure that our neighbors, the elderly and those with special needs are checked on periodically to ensure their safety and well-being,” said County Executive Craig.  “The subfreezing temperatures we are experiencing present unique health problems for young children, older adults, and the chronically ill.  However, as a community including government, we must do all we can to protect these individuals during this difficult time of year,” Craig remarked.

For additional information regarding cold weather tips and temporary sheltering availability, contact the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations at 410-638-4900.