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Heat Ready


We're all ready for the warm weather. But what about severe heat? The effects of a prolonged heat wave can be devastating to all of us. Emergency responders can find that simple "bread and butter" events can turn into extended incidents quickly...with the need for added personnel and effective rehab.

One of the best things we can do for the public we service is to keep ourselves ready to respond. That means we:
  • Stay fit and healthy all the time, as best as possible. Remember, how you live off duty will effect your abilities on duty. 
  • Hydrate, and then hydrate some more. People ask me about the type of fluid to drink all the time. The best answer is...Water, the drink of champions! That's it...water, just water.
  • Eat. Fruits and veggies...put them in the freezer or keep them cold.
  • Review your rehabilitation program and equipment. Be familiar with your stuff before you have to use it...in hot weather I recommend early set-up of a rehab unit. Be proactive. 
These are also good times to test your special needs contact information. Give those you've identified in your special needs planning a call or visit. Simple phone calls and visits can identify problems early and provide a tremendous boost to your public support.

The public will also turn to emergency service for tips on staying well in the heat. According to the American Red Cross, civilians should:
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.

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