ATHENS CO EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING WED, 7/4/18, 12NOON TO 8PM, KEEP HYDRATED, LIMIT OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES, CHECK ON SENIORS!

Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect from 12 noon to 8:00 PM Wednesday, 7/4/2018.

  • HEAT INDEX VALUES, Up to 106 due to temperatures in the mid 80s, and dewpoints in the lower 70s.
  • TIMING, 12 Noon to 8 pm both days, highest values 2 to 7 pm.
  • IMPACTS, The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Limited visibilities will make travel very difficult.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.   Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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