Extreme Heat

gatorsafe_icon_web_EXTREMEHEATIn the event of extreme heat:

  • Wear light, loose-fitting warm-weather clothing;
  • Avoid exerting yourself outdoors;
  • Stay indoors as much as possible;
  • Consider going to a cool building if you do not have A/C (example – common areas, dinning areas, libraries);
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help keep your body cool and hydrated;
  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages;
  • LOOK before you LOCK – Never leave people or pets unattended in a vehicle; and
  • Be aware of prescription medications that interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature or that inhibit sweat production.

Excessive Heat Warning –  Issued within 12 hours of when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 105° or higher for at least 2 days and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°

Excessive Heat Watch– Issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours

Heat Advisory –  Issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions

Excessive Heat Outlook –  Issued when the potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days

Source: Department of Emergency Management

National Weather Service Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Version Date: 09/2018