Cooling Centers Open in Annapolis

The City of Annapolis will open two cooling centers to prepare for the high temperatures that are expected over the next several days.  

The Roger "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center (273 Hilltop Lane) and the American Legion ( 1707 Forest Drive) will be in operation as cooling centers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. 

Water will be provided at both cooling center locations. Those visiting the cooling center at the Roger "Pip" Moyer Community Recreation Center will not have access to recreation activities. 

"Please check in on family members and neighbors who live without air conditioning," said Mayor Gavin Buckley. "We have to take care of each other. The City opens cooling centers as a defense against heat-related illnesses. I encourage residents to use them. Get cool, have a snack, and meet your neighbors!"  

Office of Emergency Management Director, Kevin J. Simmons, warns of the problems that come with extreme heat, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Director Simmons elaborates, “Ambulance crews usually experience an increase in medical calls during extended periods of hot weather. The young, elderly, and those with medical conditions are more susceptible to the effects of heat-related illness. In addition to checking in on these individuals, encourage them to take frequent breaks when working outside. If you must be outside, try to work during the early morning or evening hours.”

Future cooling center activations will be announced by the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management as conditions require. For more information, call the City's Office of Emergency Management at 410-216-9167.