Extreme Heat Ready

 

Get Ready for Extreme Heat

Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities.

In Georgia, it is not unusual for temperatures to soar into the 90s. In a normal year, approximately 175 Americans succumb to the demands of summer heat. Only the cold of winter – not lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or earthquakes – takes a greater toll. Humid or muggy conditions can add to the discomfort of high temperatures. A heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation.

Prepare for Extreme Heat

  • Check to see if your home’s cooling system is working properly.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside, and weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Plan to Slow Down

    • 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.
    • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment will provide some protection. Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
    • Drink plenty of water. People with 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.

 

Stay Informed

  • Learn about the types of medical conditions that can result from heat waves, and the proper first aid measures that should be taken.
    • Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, a thready pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting.
    • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106° F. or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance.
  • Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information.

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 11:54amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 1:27amTarget Area: Dade

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 11:54amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 11:00pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Is Extended For The Following Rivers ... South Chickamauga Creek Near Chickamauga Tn Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties .rain Will Keep The River In Flood For The Next Couple Of Days. ...flood Warning Extended Until Tuesday Morning...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 10:46amExpires: February 26, 2019 at 7:00amTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 8:00pmTarget Area: Chattooga

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Etowah River Near East Canton Affecting Cherokee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Etowah River Near East Canton. * Until Further Notice. * At 845 Am Saturday The Stage Was 19.6 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:29amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:29pmTarget Area: Cherokee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 11:15pmTarget Area: Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 26, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 27, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Floyd; Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Tonight...the Flood Warning Continues For The Oconee River Near Penfield. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 8:15amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Clarke; Greene; Oconee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. * At 600 Am Saturday The Stage Was 578.7 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 7:26amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 9:25pmTarget Area: Floyd

Waycross Ware Co. GA
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