When you wake up early in the morning and check the weather…and it is 4 degrees and feels like negative five degrees…you just want to go back to bed…if that were only possible for me in the mornings.

I thought it would be a good idea to share the “Code Blue” cold weather resources from Howard County Government on the blog for those that may not have already seen them on social media:

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Per Howard County Government:

PLEASE SHARE: With a WIND CHILL ADVISORY in effect from 9:00 p.m. this evening, January 30 to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 31, Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services has issued a CODE BLUE for Howard County as wind chills of five to 10 degrees below zero are expected. The warming shelters at the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia and the Leola Dorsey Day Resource Center, 10390 Guilford Road in Jessup have been activated; both facilities will continue to shelter folks through this cold spell. If you are or if you encounter a homeless individual who is in need of assistance, especially during these extremely cold days, please contact the Grassroots hotline at 410-531-6677.

The County’s 50+ Centers (, Howard County Recreation and Parks community centers (, Howard County Library System branches ( and malls are also great places to stop by if you are in need of a place to warm up.


Again, anyone in need of shelter or other assistance should call the Grassroots hotline at 410-531-6677.

In case you missed it yesterday…here are some tips to help prevent your pipes from freezing (CLICK HERE).

Everyone do your best to stay warm today.

Scott E


  1. Yet, my daughter came home today and said the temperature in her portable classroom at Howard High was a balmy 40 degrees. I’m sorry, but teachers and students should NOT have to work/learn in portable classrooms with little to no heat. Unacceptable! This is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States and this is how our children and teachers are treated. I’m sure if there were no heat in Central Office, the employees would have been dismissed for the day…or until the situation remedied. Did anyone think to close the portables and have those students have a “study hall” period in the auditorium during a weather event like this. But it is nice to know that there were warming centers open for those who needed it the most….maybe our children/and teachers should have been sent there to learn?

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