Extreme Heat Advisory

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for all areas of the County through Wednesday August 29, 2018 from Noon-8PM EDT. Heat Index Values 100-105 are expected, the hottest part of the day will be the afternoon and evening hours. This email contains important emergency recommendations:

What should you do?

Tip: The ‘Heat Index‘ is a measure of how hot weather “feels” to the body.

Extreme heat is dangerous and can cause illnesses and sometimes death. As temperatures rise, you are encouraged to take an active role in your safety and take action to stay cool. 
• Stay indoors: find places in the shade or with air conditioning. Visit a PG County cooling center. 
• Do not leave children or pets in vehicles: vehicles can reach dangerous temperatures within a few minutes. 
• Drink plenty of fluids: increase your fluid intake but don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
• Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen: pick lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing, and wide brimmed hats. SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is best. 
• Check on your neighbors: young children, the elderly, and those with access and functional needs are the most vulnerable in our community. 

The Office of Emergency Management recommends that outdoor work and activity is limited if possible. Take frequent rests in cool, air-conditioned areas to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Proper hydration is also recommended. 

Follow this link for a list of PG County Cooling Centers:
http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/797/Cooling-Centers

Signs of Illness


The Prince George’s Office of Emergency Management recommends the following
 CDC Guidelines for extreme heat:
Signs of Heat Exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold/pale/clammy skin, fast/weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, and fainting. If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen clothing while applying wet cloths to as much of your body as possible, sip water.
A more severe illness, Heat Stroke is caused by high body temperatures (above 103° F) and includes symptoms such as hot, red, dry or moist skin, as well as rapid and strong pulse. If you or someone else experience these symptoms, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY, this is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cooler environment, reduce their body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath. 

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