Code Orange in Delaware

Jul 17, 2013


Code Orange

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have issued a "Code Orange" air quality warning for Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says ozone concentrations on Wednesday are expected to be unhealthful for sensitive people. Officials say outdoor activity should be limited for young children, the elderly, and those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Particulate concentrations are expected to rise, but remain in the moderate range.

Officials say they expect a period of poor air quality over the next several days as a heat wave affects the state.

Delmarva Power

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is calling its first energy savings day of the year, offering customers savings for cutting energy use during peak demand hours.

The utility says an increased demand for electricity throughout the region is expected Wednesday. The efforts are meant to help Delmarva avoid having to purchase costly power during the days of highest demand.

Under the new peak savings program, customers who reduce their energy use below their baseline on Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. can get $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour of reduced usage. For Delaware and Maryland customers who have signed up to participate in the Energy Wise Rewards program, Delmarva Power will cycle air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours.

Particulate concentrations are expected to rise, but remain in the moderate range.

Officials say they expect a period of poor air quality over the next several days as a heat wave affects the state.



Kent County:

Beat the heat in Kent County at a library! Stop in, check your email, read a good book, and cool off. These local libraries have partnered with Kent County to help provide relief. They welcome any visitors who need to cool off.

Kent County Library

497 S Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901

Phone:(302) 698-6440


Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday: 1:00–5:00 PM

Smyrna Library

107 South Main St. Smyrna, DE 19977

Ph: (302) 653-4579


Mon - Wed - Fri

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Tues - Thurs

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Harrington Public Library

110 E. Center St. Harrington, DE 19952

Phone: (302) 398-4647


Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday -- 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday -- 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sussex County:

Sussex County isn't officially opening cooling centers at this time, but they are offering two of their public libraries as a place for residents to get some relief from the heat, in air conditioning.

South Coastal Library
43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
(302) 539-5231

Mon - Thurs: 10 AM - 8 PM

Friday: 1PM - 5 PM

Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM

Milton Public Library

121 Union Street

Milton, DE 19968

(302) 684-8856


Monday – Friday: 10 AM - 8 PM

Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM


Dorchester County:

Dorchester County isn't opening any specific cooling centers, but they suggest residents looking for air conditioning to cool off in, visit one of the Dorchester County Public Libraries.

Central Library
303 Gay St.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Mon., Wed., and Fri.: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tues. and Thurs.: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

222 S. Main Street
P.O.Box 114
Hurlock, MD 21643

Mon. and Wed. and Friday : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tues. and Thurs. 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - Noon

Somerset County:

Somerset County Library
11767 Beechwood Street - Princess Anne, MD 21853

During regular business hours:

Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 7 PM

Friday and Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

MAC Center

Room 118

11916 Somerset Avenue - Princess Anne, MD 21853

During regular business hours: 8 AM – 4 PM

Corbin Memorial Library
4 E. Main Street - Crisfield, MD 21817

During regular business hours:

Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 7 PM

Friday: 11 AM – 5 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Woodrow T. Wilson Community Center

119 S. 7th Street - Crisfield, MD 21817

Daily 7AM - 5:30 PM

Somerset County Heat Information Hotline: 410-651-5600

Talbot County:

Brookletts Place - Talbot Senior Center

400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, MD

Monday - Friday: 8AM – 3 PM

Main Library
100 West Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601
Monday: 9 AM to 8 PM
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Thursday & Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 1 PM

Wicomico County:

July 17th through July 19th from 11 AM to 8 PM residents may cool off at the Wicomico County Civic Center in Salisbury. Residents will need to bring their own food, beverages, and medications. Authorities say no pets will be allowed in the cooling center.

For those of you over 50 can cool down at the MAC Senior Center, located at 909 Progress Circle in Salisbury, on July 17th through July 19th. You don't need to be affiliated with the MAC center in order to use the cooling center. The hours of operation for the center have been extended until 8:00 PM. Anyone needing free transportation to the Civic Center or the MAC Senior Center should call Shore Transit at 443-260-2300.

Worcester County:

The Worcester County Commission on Aging will have Senior Centers in Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Berlin, and Ocean City open as cooling centers on Wednesday and Thursday from 9AM to 3:30PM. These cooling centers are for adults 55+.