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'Most Challenging Storm of the Season'; County Shares Safety Tips

Anne Arundel County offices are closed March 3 and officials are urging residents to stay off the roads.

Anne Arundel County offices are closed March 3 and officials are urging residents to stay off the roads. File|Patch
Anne Arundel County offices are closed March 3 and officials are urging residents to stay off the roads. File|Patch

ll Anne Arundel County government offices are closed on Monday, March 3, because of the approaching winter storm. All essential and emergency personnel must report at their regularly scheduled time.

"If this storm tracks as forecast, it will be the most challenging storm of the season for Anne Arundel County," said County Executive Neuman. "I urge all citizens to exercise extreme caution and only venture out on roadways if absolutely necessary. The Emergency Operations Center and the Department of Public Works will lead our response to the storm. We can all do our part by staying home and allowing road crews to do their jobs."

Please use the following winter weather safety tips in preparation and during the impending storm:

  • If you must travel on the roadways, use extreme caution while driving. 
  • Keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you during slick conditions, maintain low speeds and turn on your lights to increase visibility.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  • If you must travel, clear all snow from your vehicle, and make sure your vehicle is properly winterized and equipped with all-season or snow tires.
  • Carry a survival kit: flashlight, non-perishable food such as protein and/or energy bars, water, sand or other traction material and a shovel in your vehicle
  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather by wearing coats, hats (as much as 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head), scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens.
  • Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes to wick moisture from the body, including extra socks. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold in more body heat than cotton.
  • If shoveling snow, take frequent breaks to avoid over exertion.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine; they dehydrate the body and can cause the heat to be lost more rapidly, increasing the risk of hypothermia.Never leave space heaters unattended.
  • Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions for safe usage.
As always, please check on elderly and disabled family, friends and neighbors. Bring pets indoors. If it is too cold for you, it is too cold for them.

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