What to do in a Snow Storm/Cold Weather Shelters

A winter storm occurs when there is significant precipitation and the temperature is low enough that precipitation forms as sleet or snow, or when rain turns to ice. A winter storm can range from freezing rain and ice, to moderate snowfall over a few hours, to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures.


Click the image below for an Extreme Cold Safety guide from the Centers for Disease Control. 

 For more information on local shelters, including cold weather shelters, see below:



Local Shelters



Diakonia, Inc.                                                  

Phone: 410-213-0923                  Address:  12747 Old Bridge Road, Ocean City MD 21842

Fax: 410-213-2499                      Website: www.diakoniaoc.org


The Samaritan Shelter

Phone: 410-957-4310                 Address:  814 Fourth Street, Pocomoke City MD 21851

Fax: 410-957-0125                     Website:   http://thesamaritanshelter.org/

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Ocean City Cold Weather Shelter         (Open only when temperature is below 25°.)

            Call for availability:  410-524-7474

            Located at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City, Maryland when the shelter is open.






Christian Shelter

Phone: 410-749-5673                             Address:  334 Barclay Street, Salisbury MD 21804

                                                            Website: www.christianshelter.org


HALO (Hope and Life Outreach)         Website: www.haloministry.org

Day Center and Shelter Address:             119 B South Boulevard, Salisbury MD 21804

Shelter Phone: 410-543-2003                  Fax: 410-543-2009

Office Phone: 410 742-9356                    Fax: 410-742.4211







Lower Shore Shelter:

Phone:  443-888-6160                Address:  12516 Somerset Avenue, Princess Anne, MD 21853  




Call 2-1-1 for information and resources 24/7.



Community Emergency Shelter Project

Adult Males Only

Winter 2018 Shelter Schedule


January 6-January 12, 2018                        Location: Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene

Capacity:  30 Guests                                        27765 Nanticoke Road

Phone: 410-742-3840                                      Salisbury, Maryland 21801


January 13-January 19, 2018                       Location: Grace Church

Capacity:  30 Guests                                        625 E. Church St

Phone: 410-742-4144                                      Salisbury, MD 


January 20- January 26, 2018                      Location: Community of Joy Corner Church Collective

Capacity:  20 Guests                                        302 South Boulevard at corner of Smith St.

Phone: 410-548-9930                                      Salisbury, MD


January 27- February 2, 2018                       Location: Community of Joy Corner Church Collective

Capacity:  20 Guests                                        302 South Boulevard at corner of Smith St.

Phone: 410-548-9930                                       Salisbury, MD


February 3- February 9, 2018                       Location: St. Peters Episcopal Church

Capacity:  30 Guests                                        115 St. Peters Street

Phone: 410-742-5118                                      Salisbury, Md 21801


February10- February 16, 2018                    Location: Asbury Church

Capacity:  30 Guests                                        1401 Camden Ave

Phone:  410-749-2131                                      Salisbury, MD


February17- February 23, 2018                    Location: Asbury Church

Capacity:  30 Guests                                        1401 Camden Ave

Phone:  410-749-2131                                      Salisbury, MD


February24- March 2, 2018                          Location: First Baptist Church

Capacity:  30 Guests                                       528 Booth St.

Phone: 410-548-5486                                     Salisbury, MD


March 3- March 9, 2018                                Location: Wicomico Presbyterian

                                                                    129 Broad St


March 10- March 16, 2018                            Location: Christ’s UM

                                                                     Phillip Morris Drive

                                                                     Salisbury, MD


March 17- March 23, 2018                            Location: Wesley Temple

                                                                     1322 West Road


March 24- March 30, 2018                            Location: Sonrise Church at Wesley Temple

                                                                     1322 West Road





For more information on snow storms and extreme cold, click here to visit Ready.gov

Tips from the website include:

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Prepare your home:
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
  • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
  • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
  • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
  • Prepare your vehicle:
  • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    Sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
  • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.

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