Firstly, I wanted to acknowledge the recently released sad news about Governor Larry Hogan being diagnosed with Stage III non-Hodgkin lymphoma. I would like to ask that you keep the Governor in your prayers.
On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 forecasted temperatures will be in the middle to upper 90’s with a combination of high humidity which has prompted the Carroll County Department of Citizen Services and the Carroll County Public Library System to open cooling centers around the county.
Residents who are vulnerable to extreme heat and who do not have air-conditioning in their homes are encouraged to cool off in any of the following locations until the close of business:
Cooling centers are open during regular business hours at County Senior Centers and the Department of Citizen Services.
- Citizen Services Office Building, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster (8 AM – 5 PM, Mon. – Fri)
- Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mount Airy (8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon. – Fri)
- North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Hampstead (8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon. – Fri)
- South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg (8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon. – Fri)
- Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown (8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon. – Fri)
- Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster (8 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon. – Fri)
All branches of the Carroll County Public Library System will also be open as cooling centers during regular business hours, Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:45 PM; Friday and Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Eldersburg Branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg
- Finksburg Branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
- Mt. Airy Branch, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mt. Airy
- North Carroll Branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead
- Taneytown Branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown
- Westminster Branch, 50 East Main Street, Westminster – (Open Sundays, May – September, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Access to air conditioning and water fountains will be available for those who need them at any of the cooling centers.
Carroll County Emergency Management offers the following safety tips for when temperatures and humidity are high:
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.
- Wear loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.
- Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings or rooms, and limit time outside if possible.
- Additional places you can go to cool down in Carroll County include: stores, malls, restaurants, churches, movie theaters,and homes of friends and family.
For additional information, visit the Carroll County Health Department website at: http://www.carrollhealthdepartment.dhmh.md.gov/index.html.
Sen. Justin Ready