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Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat

Know the Terms

  • Excessive Heat Watch - Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. For more tips
  • Excessive Heat Warning - Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs=105-110°Fahrenheit)
  • Heat Advisory - Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs=100-105°Fahrenheit)

Did you know: Urban residences are at greater risk of the effects of prolonged heat than rural and suburban residences?

Reduce Heat Impact

  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in temperature controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities.
  • During extreme heat, eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Make water your beverage of choice during extreme heat. Here’s why, it prevents dehydration, heat stroke, and more. So keep the caffeine at bay and guzzle some good ol’ H20.
  • Make the right fashion choices during extreme heat. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Have to work outside? Use these #HeatSafety tips. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • During extreme heat, check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • Did you know: High heat and humidity cause the body to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Stay indoors with air conditioning.
  • Too hot to play outside? offers plenty of games and activities that will help children learn and prepare for emergencies as they play!
  • It’s going to be a hot one! Is your family prepared for outdoor activities this summer?
  • Don’t forget about your pets. Share these tips from the Humane Society to keep pets safe in the heat.