Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to
remind residents of the dangers of the high temperatures impacting Mississippi.
According to the National
Weather Service, most of the state will see heat indices, or “real feel,” of
more than 100 degrees today. Some areas in the northwest and the Mississippi
Delta will see heat indices near 115 degrees. The forecast over the weekend and
into next week also calls for actual temperatures to approach and perhaps
exceed 100 degrees.
“I have already seen reports
that local responders in north Mississippi have had to go to the aid of the
elderly that didn’t have air conditioning,” said MEMA Director Robert
Latham. “It is imperative that you check on the elderly and any neighbors
that have any special needs. Given the forecast that these heat indices could
extend through the weekend, I urge local officials to open cooling centers for
citizens during the hottest part of the day.”
National Weather Service data
shows 92 people died as a result of heat in 2013. It’s important to remember
“beat the heat, check the backseat.” NEVER leave children or pets
unattended in a vehicle, not even for one minute. If you see a child in
an unattended vehicle, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much
skin as possible.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION;
IF SOMEONE HAS SYMPTOMS:
but skin may be cool, pale or flushed.
temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise.
dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are
IF SOMEONE HAS SYMPTOMS OF
Move the victim
to a cool area.
Place cool, wet
towel on neck and under arms.
attention if symptoms worsen.
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE; CALL
9-1-1 IF SOMEONE HAS THESE SYMPTOMS:
Hot, red, dry
Rapid, weak pulse
and rapid, shallow breathing.
probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent
For detailed preparedness
information, contact your county emergency management agency or go to MEMA’s
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