Emergency Management

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Opens 24 Hour Warming Center To Provide People Refuge from the Cold

For Immediate Release: 1/21/2014 7:00 PM

Contact: Division Manager Public Information & Inter-Governmental Relations, Office of Homeland Security/ Emergency Management (301) - 780 - 8180

Landover Hills, MD – The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, have opened up a 24 hour warming center at Kentland Community Center. This facility will provide shelter for residents who need protection from the dangerously cold temperatures that the region will experience over the next few days.
According to Prince George’s County Director of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Ronnie Gill, the facility will open tonight at 7:00 p.m. and remain open through Thursday, January 23, 2014.  “Over the next few days temperatures will be dangerously cold”, said Gill.  “The Warming Center will provide a place for people to receive short-term emergency shelters when temperatures become hazardous. We are encouraging all residents without heat to utilize this facility to keep warm and safe.”
The 24 Warming Center is located at 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785. Residents can contact the center by calling (301) 386-2278 or TTY (301) 445-4512.

The Prince George’s County OEM continues to monitor the weather conditions and extreme cold. For additional information and resources, residents are highly encouraged to utilize:

Earlier today, Prince George’s County activated the County’s Snow Emergency Plan. When the plan is activated, the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is responsible for providing “passable” conditions on a network of over 1,800 miles of county-maintained roadways to ensure the safety or residents, citizens, and travelers.

Routes are prioritized for service into categories: primary, secondary and residential. Primary and secondary roads are serviced first to ensure that public safety and other emergency vehicles can travel. After completion of these roads, residential roads receive service. To assist crews, citizens and residents are requested to:

  • Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency route
  • Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
  • Park only on the EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads/streets
  • It also is important for single-family homeowners or renters and business proprietors to remember that they are responsible for removal of snow/ice from sidewalks abutting their homes or businesses.