Cecil County’s Freezing Weather Plan, first activated on December 26, 2017, has been extended through January 7, 2018 based on the current weather forecast. Under this plan, an emergency motel voucher system is being implemented to respond to freezing weather for vulnerable homeless residents of Cecil County. Limited motel funds will be used until exhausted. This response will be initiated whenever the local weather forecast for Elkton, MD meets the definition of Baltimore City’s Code Blue defined below:
- Temperatures, including wind chill, are expected to be 13°F or below. This threshold can be reached by having a temperature at or below 20°F with 5 mph sustained winds or a temperature at or below 25°F with 15 mph sustained winds. Other conditions that may be considered include precipitation for more than two hours, extended period of cold, sudden cold after a warm period, etc.
The Cecil County Health Department, Department of Emergency Services, and the Department of Social Services collectively determine when the Freezing Weather Plan is activated. This information is posted to the websites of each agency. Additionally, notice is sent to the Cecil County Inter-Agency Council on Homelessness e-mail group.
People needing shelter can come in to the Health Department, located at 401 Bow Street, Elkton or the Department of Social Services, located at 170 East Main Street, Elkton. Those who need “after business hours” assistance should contact the Department of Social Services at 410-996-0100 and wait for the prompt for the on call staff person.
For more information, call the Health Department’s Core Service Agency at 410-996-5112 or the Department of Social Services at 410-996-0100.