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Date: Jan 30, 2019

By Della Leister, R.N.
Deputy Health Officer

Maryland has been hit by some pretty frigid temperatures this winter. They’ve often been followed by warming trends that leave many of us longing for an early spring. But we must be mindful that there is still quite a bit of winter left to go. These reminders will help you be prepared for whatever comes our way while we anxiously await a spring thaw.

Avoid prolonged exposure to the weather. Dress warmly and in layers; stay dry; and don’t forget about Fido! Make sure all of your pets are protected from the extreme weather.

Don’t overdo the shoveling

Anyone diagnosed with heart disease or chronic lung disease should not shovel snow. Shoveling is manual labor and it’s hard on the heart muscles and can cause a cardiac event. Ask a friend, neighbor or relative, or hire someone to clear your sidewalk and driveway.

Be careful of downed power lines. The added weight from snow and ice often result in downed power lines. Remember that downed lines can still be live lines and are extremely dangerous. Call your local utility company immediately to report downed lines.

Stay safe if the power goes out. Winter ice and winds can cause power outages. When this happens some of us turn to generators to keep warm. Generators produce the deadly gas, carbon monoxide (CO). Be sure to keep your generator at least 15 feet from the house or building and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations carefully. For those who have gas stoves and ovens, never use an oven to heat your home.

Make sure your car is winter travel ready. This includes the vehicles exterior (tires, wipers, mirrors) and interior (heat, radio, defrost). Also, keep a winter kit in the car for unforeseen emergencies.

Weatherproof your home against the cold. While caulking and weather-stripping windows and doors is best done before winter winds begin to blow, it is never too late to add them. Cold air seeps in through even the tiniest of cracks. Caulking and weather-stripping are like adding warm blankets to windows and doors.

Click on the link below for a handy graphic with more information to help you be winter-weather ready!

Dozens of applications received; Process on track to have a new chief in place by June 2019

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the names of the panelists who will interview top candidates to be the next Baltimore County Chief of Police, including several community representatives.

The panel will interview up to 10 candidates and advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The County Executive will select and interview finalists based on the panel’s recommendations. The panelists are:

  • Drew Vetter, Deputy County Administrative Officer
  • TJ Smith, Press Secretary
  • Cathy Bevins, County Council District 6
  • Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney
  • Dorothy Lennig, Director of Marjorie Cook Legal Clinic at House of Ruth Maryland
  • Crystal Francis, Community Representative
  • Valerie Fraling, Community Representative
  • Wayne Brooks, Community Representative

“The job of chief of police requires a dedicated public servant who can be an effective leader of our honorable law enforcement officers and also gain the trust and respect of our diverse communities,” Olszewski said. “We will select a chief who possesses the qualities that our communities want to see in the next leader of our law enforcement efforts, and one who shares my commitment to transparency and accountability.”

“I want to thank County Executive Olszewski for choosing me as the Council representative on the eight-member interview panel for the new Baltimore County Police Chief,” Bevins said. “I look forward to working with the other members to assist the County Executive pick the right person for the job. Crime is an issue facing the Sixth District and all of Baltimore County, and I am grateful to be part of the process in choosing the next leader of the police department.”  

Public Safety Community Forum Dates Announced

County residents are also reminded that they have opportunities to provide input into the selection process. The County Executive will hold two Public Safety Community Forum:

  • East County Policing Town Hall – Tuesday, February 26 – 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
  • West County Policing Town Hall – Thursday, February 28 – 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Locations will be announced in the near future. Once identified, the locations will be posted online.

In addition, residents can also send written comments to A number of comments have already been received.

The confidentiality of all applicants will be maintained throughout the search process. A new police chief will be in place by June 2019. More information about the police chief search process is available here.

Revised September 11, 2017