Call the Freedom Area Rec Council hotline at (410) 549-6296
to check on field availability. On weekdays the message is updated by 4pm.
Carroll County Recreation and Parks Severe Weather Policy
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Once observed or heard , all athletic fields and outdoor organized program areas must be cleared for a period of 30 minutes. If observed or heard again, the 30-minute period begins again.
SNOW: When schools are closed/close early due to inclement weather or if school activities are closed due to inclement weather, all recreation and parks activities for that day are cancelled. For weekend activities, if the snow emergency plan is in effect after 8 pm Friday or anytime Saturday, all Saturday activities are cancelled. If the snow emergency plan is in effect after 8 pm Saturday or anytime Sunday, all Sunday activities are cancelled. This includes activities that occur at school sites, nature centers, New Windsor Community Room, South Carroll Senior & Community Center and the Robert Moton Center.
WIND: When a high wind warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), outdoor activities shall not operate within close proximity of trees, power lines and other potential hazards. The NWS defines a high wind warning as sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or greater lasting for 1 hour or longer or 58 mph or greater for any duration of time.
HEAT: Approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the activity, temperature and heat index reading should be taken at the site or from www.weather.com or a comparable source. The following are recommended guidelines for coaches, program leaders and volunteers to follow with regards to Department sponsored youth activities:
- Heat Index: 80-89 – Use caution; monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
- Heat Index: 90-104 – Use extreme caution; remove helmets and other equipment if not involved in contact.
- Heat Index: 105-129 – Alter uniforms by removing items where feasible; practice should be shortened with low intensity & limited conditioning.
- Heat Index: 130 & above – NO practices or games. Activities should be rescheduled for early/late in the day or an alternate date when the heat index is lower.
- NOTE: Some discretion is granted to the volunteers in making this decision as programs may be occurring at sites with abundant shade, water & varying breezes. In all cases, once the heat index rises above 105, programs should allow for frequent cooling breaks, reduced activity levels and mandatory water breaks of 10 minutes in duration every 30 minutes.
EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURES: Department sponsored youth activities:
- Temperatures above 32 degrees – no restrictions
- Temperatures between 13 – 31 degrees – Indoor breaks every 20-30 minutes
- Temperature or wind chill is below 13 degrees – No outdoor activities; Wind chill may be calculated by entering temperature and wind speed at www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_windchill
AIR QUALITY (AQI Color), AirNow: Department sponsored youth activities:
- GREEN – Good, values of index, 0-50. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution posses little or no risk.
- YELLOW – Moderate, values of index 51-100. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
- ORANGE – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, values of index 101-150. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected. For practices, take more breaks and do fewer intensive activities. Watch for symptoms and take action as needed.
- RED – Unhealthy, values of index 151-200. Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. Take longer breaks or move activities inside. Watch for symptoms and take action as needed.
- PURPLE – Very Unhealthy, values of index 201-300. Health alert. The risk of health effects is increased for everyone. Move indoors or reschedule outdoor activities.
- MAROON – Hazardous, values of index 301 and higher. Health warning of emergency conditions: everyone is more likely to be affected. Move indoors or reschedule outdoor activities.