ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WJZ) — Maryland emergency management officials say cooling centers are opening across the state to help residents cope with the extreme heat. They will have cool air and free water for residents.

Anne Arundel County has four cooling stations open Saturday at meeting rooms in its police stations. Baltimore County has six cooling stations. They are in the libraries in Towson and Catonsville and in shopping malls at Owings Mills, Towson, White Marsh and Eastpoint.

In Baltimore City, there are 21 cooling stations. They are located in city recreation centers and in community centers for senior citizens.

The Community Action Program operates five cooling centers that are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. The centers are:

Northern Community Action Center: 5225 York Road
Southern Community Action Center: 606 Cherry Hill Road (inside the shopping center 2nd floor)
Northwest Community Action Center: 3939 Reisterstown Road
Southeastern Community Action Center: 3411 Bank Street
Eastern Community Action Center: 1400 E. Federal Street

The City has opened the following senior centers that will serve as cooling centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays only. Their addresses are:

Waxter Center for Senior Citizens: 1000 Cathedral Street
Oliver Senior Center: 1700 N. Gay Street
Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center: 1601 N. Baker Street
Hatton Center: 2825 Fait Avenue
John Booth: 229 1/2 S. Eaton Street
Zeta Center: 4501 Reisterstown Rd.

To find additional cooling centers, for their hours of operation and also to report concerns about a neighbor, Baltimore City residents can call 311.

Baltimore City health care providers can request energy assistance referral forms for their patients by calling 410-396-CARE.

Montgomery County has 35 cooling centers open in libraries and recreation centers. Prince George’s County has five cooling stations located in recreation and senior centers.

In Frederick County, officials have cooling stations open at public libraries across the county.

Residents experiencing a heat-related medical emergency are urged to call 911.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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