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Jul 4 Cooling Centers Near South Laurel by County and Laurel City (county residents welcome) (2012)

Carreen D. Koubek
City of Laurel
8103 Sandy Spring Rd.
Laurel, MD  20707

Public Service Announcement

Cooling Center Will Open on July 4, 2012

Mayor Craig A. Moe is pleased to announce that there will be a Cooling Center open on July 4, 2012 at the Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery Street, from 10am – 6pm. Due to the high humidity and areas still without power, Mayor Moe made the decision to open a Cooling Center at this facility since it is equipped with two lounge areas, large TV screens, WiFi and gaming systems. Charging stations will be set up for electronics. Residents can also take advantage of the Greenview Drive Pool and Municipal Pool which both will open at 11am. [GS: County residents welcome]

If you are still without power, Mayor Moe encourages you to call Baltimore Gas and Electric at 1-877-778-2222 to ensure BG&E is aware of the outage at your residence or business and keep calling periodically until power is up.

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For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2012

For Information Contact:
Carol Terry
Public Information Officer
(Media only please, residents should call 301-583-1950)

Prince George’s Continues County Cooling Centers for Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Updated Locations

Hyattsville, MD – The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will resume operations of its cooling centers on Wednesday, July 4th. 

Below is a list of cooling centers and shelters available to residents on Wednesday, July 4th.  Please note hours of operation.  Many of the cooling centers are Park & Recreation Community Centers serving in dual capacities for camp and other daily activities. 

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
14900 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Suitland Community Center
5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD

Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex
8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD

Rolling-Chillum Community Center
6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD

The following Cooling Centers will continue their 24-hour service:
Northwestern High School
7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD

Kentland Community Center
2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD

Residents who require overnight accommodations are encouraged to go to the shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD.   In addition, residents who are in need of recharging their medical oxygen devices should go to one of the cooling centers, fire stations or the Northwestern High School shelter to charge their equipment. 

The Prince George’s County Fire Department reminds citizens to use battery operated lights and flash lights in lieu of candles.  A couple of post-storm fires that occurred were the result of residents using candles for light. In order to conserve cool air, residents are encouraged to use discretion in opening windows in order to keep cooler air inside as well as minimizing the time refrigerators and freezers are opened.  Additionally, we have had close calls of lethal levels of carbon monoxide due to misuse of generators.  We encourage all residents to use generators properly. For tips on proper generator use, please click here.

The Prince George’s County Department of Family Services has been regularly communicating with all senior citizens, assisted living centers, and nursing homes in the County. Residents are encouraged to check on the elderly, neighbors, family members and those who may have special needs. 

Residents and media are encouraged to follow @CountyExecBaker on Twitter or“County Executive Rushern Baker” on Facebook for information and updates.  The phone number to the Emergency Operation Center is 301-583-1950.