Cold Weather Shelters
It’s going to get dangerously cold again today and tonight. Temps will feel like single digits in some places because of the wind-chill. The last thing we want is for anyone to be stuck out in the cold, so if you happen to notice or know someone who will need access to a warm shelter, we’re providing some resources here to make sure they can stay warm and out of the elements.
Hypothermia Shelter Hotline: 800-535-7252
D.C.’s Hypothermia Shelter Hotline provides transportation to emergency shelters, and distributes items such as blankets, gloves and jackets.
For more, click here.
- Community Crisis Center: 240-777-4000
- Non-Emergency Police: 301-279-8000
- For more, click here.
Prince George’s County:
- Homeless hotline: 888-731-0999
- Non-Emergency Police: 301-333-4000
- For more, click here.
- Winter Hypothermia Shelter: 703-548-7500
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-838-4444
- For more, click here.
- Emergency Winter Shelter (2049 15th St. N.): 703-228-7395
- Non-Emergency Police: 817-274-4444
- Community Assistance Bureau: 703 228-1300
- For more, click here.
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-691-2131
- Office to Prevent and End Homelessness: 703-324-949
- You can also call the shelters listed here directly.
- Winter Homeless Shelter (217 Gordon Road): 703-854-1400
- Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter: 703-854-1400
- Non-Emergency Police: 703-241-5053
- For more, click here.
A major storm is headed our way this weekend but there’s still time to prepare.
If your family’s like mine, when the power goes out, the iPad/video game withdrawals kick in. We hope that’s not the case during this weekend but if so, here are some “Lights Out” cooking recipes. Courtesy of The Organic Prepper.
Layer Organic Tortilla chips with canned cheese sauce, salsa, and canned jalepenos.
Top graham crackers with Nutella (or other chocolate-nut spread) and marshmallow fluff
Soft tortillas filled with canned meat, a touch of mustard or mayo, and veggies from the fridge
No-cook soft Tacos
Soft tortillas with canned meat (canned chicken or taco meat) salsa, and canned cheese sauce
Main Dish Tuna Salad
Combine a can of tuna, a can of white beans, chopped onion, chopped peppers, and chopped black olives (veggies optional). Top with Italian dressing mixed with Dijon mustard to taste.
Drain canned fruit of choice and stir it into vanilla pudding (or yogurt). Serve in ice cream cones for a kid-friendly treat.
Mexican Bean Salad
Combine 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed; with 1 can of organic corn, drained. For the dressing mix ½ jar of salsa; ½ tsp each of chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder; 3tbsp of lemon juice. Toss well. Serve as a salad, in a soft tortilla or mixed with a pouch of pre-cooked rice.
Read on for some helpful tips to help you cope with this dangerously cold weather at home, in your car or when caring for your pets:
AROUND YOUR HOME
- Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outdoors, officials urge you dress warmly and wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Wear a scarf over your mouth to protect your lungs.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering, weak pulse, disorientation, incoherence and drowsiness, and frostbite, including gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy-feeling skin.
- Have safe emergency heating equipment in your home, as well as a flashlight, portable radio and three days’ worth of food in case the power goes out.
- To prevent frozen pipes, State Farm suggests letting your hot and cold faucets drip overnight and open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks on exterior walls.
- Find the water shut-off valve in your home in advance of a water emergency, so you know where to go if a pipe bursts, D.C. Water spokesperson Pamela Mooring advised.
- Disconnect garden hoses and, if practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
- If you’ are going away for an extended period of time, be sure to maintain adequate heat inside your home at no lower than 55 degrees.
- Do not place a space heater within three feet of anything combustible.
- Go ahead and program your local utility contact information into your cell phone now, before you need them.
Important Utility Numbers include:
— Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
— Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
— SMECO: 1-877-747-6326 or 1-888-440-3311
— Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 or 1-703-750-1400
— Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): 1-800-828-4002
KEEPING YOUR CAR SAFE AND RUNNING
- If your car battery is three years old or older, it is more likely to fail as temperatures drops,according to AAA. Never attempt to charge or jump-start a battery that is frozen, as it may rupture or explode.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
- Wintry weather can contribute to the deterioration of your windshield wipers. Worn blades streak and impair vision, which is critical during winter months. AAA says wiper blades should be replaced every year.
- Keep your washer fluid topped off with winter formula fluid so it won’t freeze. Many of your car’s fluids should be checked once a month.
KEEPING YOUR PET(S) SAFE
- Keep your pets inside. Dogs and cats left outside can freeze, get injured or become lost.
- If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang on the hood of your car before starting the engine to give them a chance to escape.
- The ASPCA suggests wiping your dogs’ legs, feet and abdomens when they come in from snowy or icy conditions. Dogs can ingest salt, antifreeze and other chemicals when licking their paws.
- Never leave your pet inside a car unattended.
- The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is also offering temporary housing from the cold for cats, dogs or small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to use this service, call the shelter at 703-324-0208.
HELPING THE HOMELESS
- Be on the lookout for homeless people, who could get hypothermia as temperatures drop. If you see someone in the D.C. area who needs shelter or warmer clothing, call the following numbers:
— The District – 202-535-7252
— Arlington County – 703-527-4077
— Fairfax County – 703-691-2131
— Maryland Crisis Hotline – 301-662-2255
— Montgomery County. – 240-777-4000
— Prince George’s County – 888-731-0999
Those seeking emergency shelter in Frederick County, Marlyand, can go to one of three shelters. The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs will open their shelter at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The shelter, located at 27 DeGrange St., has 80 beds and provides shelter to both men and women.
The Frederick Rescue Mission, at 419 W. South St., will operate a day shelter, serving breakfast every day between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and lunch Monday through Saturday between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Frederick Community Action Agency at 100 S. Market St. will operate on its usual schedule. Free meals will be provided between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Several warming centers will be open throughout the region to help residents cope with blustery temperatures. In Prince George’s County, the following buildings will be warming centers:
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD
301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030, fax 301-749-4161
Peppermill Village Community Center
610 Hill Road, Landover, MD
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
Bowie Community Center
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD
301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, MD
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030
Kentland Community Center Park
2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
Langley Park Community Center
1500 Merrimac Drive, Landover, MD
Camp Springs Community Center
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD
Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD
The City of Manassas is opening one warming shelter:
Manassas Hope for the Homeless
8730 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA
Open Tuesday and Wednesday; possibly Friday and Saturday.
In Charles County, the following buildings will also operate as warming centers this week:
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Department of Community Services
8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, MD
Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nanjemoy Community Center
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy
Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Charles County Public Library, multiple branches:
— La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata
— P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village St., Waldorf
— Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
— Waldorf West, 10405 O’Donn
— All branches open now through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Richard R. Clark Senior Center
1210 Charles St., La Plata
Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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#repost from @ladyantebellum: I just got this picture from the scene of the fire and HAD to share this. Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God's Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours. -hills
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