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Preparing for Summer Heat
Extreme heat effects everyone; in big cities, the effects of a prolonged heat wave can be even worse. Regardless of where you live, it’s important to be prepared for the heat.
How to prepare at home:
- Make sure your house is properly insulated by weather stripping the doors, installing AC units, and covering windows with drapes or shades
When heat hits:
- Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.
- Spend as much time indoors possible, seeking out AC if your home doesn’t have any. Public spaces like malls or libraries are a good place to chill out.
- Check up on those more vulnerable to heat such as pets, the elderly, and people who are sick or overweight.
What to eat and drink:
- Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with caffeine, excess amounts of sugar, or alcohol.
- Avoid foods that are high in protein as they increase your body’s temperature.
What to wear when outdoors:
- Cover as much of your body as possible, taking extra care to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to the parts that remain uncovered.
General preparedness tips:
- Set a family communication plan, keeping everyone on the same page about contact information, utilities, pets, and evacuation strategies.
- Build an emergency kit with basic supplies such as water, food, batteries, a first-aid kit, and medicines. Don’t forget your pets! Make an emergency kit for them too with food, water, and an extra leash and blanket for possible trips.
- Join local disaster support groups to learn preparation skills and assist in relief efforts in your own area.
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*These tips and facts compiled from the emergency preparedness sites of the American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control, National Weather Service, Weather.com, Department of the Interior, WebMD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.