August 7, 2015
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
PEARL – Much of Mississippi
may see the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend. The National Weather
Service forecasts actual high temperatures up to 105 degrees with “real feel”
heat indices up to 115 degrees through Monday.
“It has already been a brutally hot
summer, and this weekend could be extremely dangerous,” said MEMA Director
Robert Latham. “We want to remind everyone to check on your family, friends and
neighbors, especially senior citizens in your community. Please limit time
spent outside and drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.”
Residents without access to air
conditioning should check with their local emergency manger, city or county
officials to see if cooling centers are available in their area.
Some Important reminders:
leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as
libraries, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
intake of alcoholic beverages.
in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much
skin as possible.
on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who
spend much of their time alone.
Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed.
pulse, fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches
What to Do If Someone Has Symptoms:
them to a cool area, have them drink cool water and use a cool wet towel
on neck and under arms.
Signs of Heat Stroke:
body temperature (105+) and hot, red, dry skin.
weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing.
will probably stop sweating.
911 or seek medical assistance for these symptoms.
For more information, visit the MEMA
website at www.msema.org. and follow us on
our social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. To find out the latest local
forecast from the National Weather Service go to www.srh.noaa.gov, and click on your area.