Shelby County EMA gives tips to help survive the high temperatures

Surviving the extreme heat in Alabama
Published: Jun. 29, 2023 at 8:22 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - According to the American Red Cross, extreme heat can be deadly. We’re On Your Side asking EMA directors what things you need to be doing to stay safe.

Shelby County’s EMA Director Michael Asdel urges the public to stay hydrated and not to overexert yourself.

Asdel said if you can, hold off on any outdoor activities over the next few days, but if you must, the best time to do anything is in the morning when it’s cooler.

The EMA also recommends a rest-work cycle.

If your job requires you to be outside during this time, take breaks in the shade or air-conditioned facilities.

Wear loose clothing that covers your skin, wearing pants and long sleeve shirts will help shade your body and cool it down vs. being exposed to the sun.

Asdel says everyone needs to take this weather event seriously.

“This is classified as a weather event so it’s really no different than a severe weather event with thunderstorms,” Asdel said. “It’s equally the same, just as hazardous, it might not be as destructive as far as property goes but the human component of it is a lot more critical.”

Asdel also said look out for your neighbors, relatives and friends in the coming days.

“That might possibly be in what we call the vulnerable population like the elderly,” Asdel said. “Maybe they have some breathing problems because air quality might not be so good.”

Also included in the vulnerable population are young children and pets.

“Make sure that they are inside, or they are covered and protected, and they have plenty of hydration as well,” Asdel said.

Asdel said, never hesitate to call 911 if you are worried about someone or see signs of heat-related medical emergencies.

“Because heat exhaustion can set it and some of the symptoms with heat exhaustion can be headaches, fatigue and muscle cramping,” Asdel said.

Asdel continues to urge the public to stay hydrated and up to date with weather alerts.

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