September 29, 2022

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Carry It Forward: Where to find water this weekend

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Local providers will be assisting this weekend as temperatures are predicted to pass 100 degrees.

Local providers will be assisting this weekend as temperatures are predicted to pass 100 degrees.

With dangerously hot conditions expected Sunday and Monday, local governments, non-profit organizations, faith-based and civic organizations will be mobilizing to help those in need.

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SURVIVING SEVERE WEATHER: BE PREPARED

HOW TO STAY SAFE DURING EXTREME HEAT WHEN YOU LIVE OUTDOORS

IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS

  • Spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as day shelters, libraries, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Talk to your doctor before drinking a lot of water if you have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention.
  • Don’t drink caffeine and alcoholic beverages; these can make you dehydrated.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, like a baseball cap.

REMEMBER

Heat kills by pushing the body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

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BE PREPARED

Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone or VoIP phone. Select the types of alerts and notifications you would like to receive, as well as your preferred method of contact.

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Personal preparedness is a critical component of emergency planning. Yet, mainstream efforts to promote preparedness typically focus on people who are housed and have the resources to stockpile food and supplies, and shelter in place. Few communities have adequately prepared people with limited resources, such as people experiencing homelessness, for emergencies.

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Inc. created these tips for surviving extreme weather with input from people who are formerly and currently homeless and may be of interest to public health educators, emergency management officials, homeless service providers, and homeless community leaders.

Source:https://nhchc.org/clinical-practice/homeless-services/weather/

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