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P.G. County Braces For Cold

Joshua Garner | 1/6/2014, 5:50 p.m.
Agencies within Prince George's County are bracing for the impact of record-low temperatures expected to hit the region Tuesday.
An unidentified man walks across Rhode Island Avenue in Mt. Rainer, Md., under a steady snowfall on Thursday, Jan. 2. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Agencies within Prince George’s County are bracing for the impact of record-low temperatures expected to hit the region Tuesday.

County schools officials have already issued a two-hour delay for openings. A wind chill advisory is in effect for the region, as temperatures are expected to reach a high of about 15 degrees Tuesday, and a wind chill of 7 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

The health department advises residents to limit their time outside and ensure that they have adequate heat and protection from the cold. As temperatures drop, the risk of hypothermia and frostbite increases.

“All residents must take precautionary actions as a primary defense against injuries and illness resulting from extreme cold weather conditions,” said health officer Pamela Creekmur. “When exposed to cold weather, our bodies lose heat faster than it can produce it, resulting in bodily injury, illness and even death.”

Pepco, one of the region’s largest utility companies, is advising residents to prepare an emergency plan and backup kit in case of power outages.

Still, the county Office of Emergency Management is encouraging residents without heat to utilize one of the following local warming centers:

Harmony Hall Regional Center

10701 Livingston Road

Fort Washington, MD 20744

301-203-6040

Suitland Community Park School Center

5600 Regency Lane

Forestville, MD 20747

301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030

Bowie Community Center

3209 Stonybrook Drive

Bowie, MD 20715

301-464-1737

Seat Pleasant Activity Center

5720 Addison Road

Seat Pleasant, MD 20743

301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768

Kentland Community Center Park

2411 Pinebrook Avenue

Landover, MD 20785

301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512

Deerfield Run Community Center

13000 Laurel-Bowie Road

Laurel, MD 20708

301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512