• Are you ready for the heat?

    June 13, 2013 No comments

    It is that time of the year again where temperatures are increasing and the Division of Homeland Security along with the Department of Public Safety is encouraging everyone to be prepared.  The Division of Homeland Security (DHS) will be monitoring weather forecasts closely just as every year during the summer to determine whether thresholds have been met to declare a heat emergency.  

    DHS has begun to take the following steps to prepare in the case of a heat emergency: 

    •          DHS will collaborate with the Extreme Temperature Plan partners to identify any anticipated needs or problems throughout the summer. 
    •          DHS will collaborate with our Extreme Temperature Plan partners to determine the readiness and availability of resources.
    •          Coordinated or Joint Press statements increasing awareness of the risk from heat for vulnerable populations and the general public will be released throughout the summer. 

    The Division of Homeland Security is encouraging people to take precautions against the heat by staying properly hydrated, limiting strenuous activity or exercise, staying inside air conditioning as much as possible, and utilizing your local resources such as libraries, shopping centers, and community centers. If possible, stay with family or friends who have an air conditioned home. 

    “It is extremely important that everyone stays cool and comfortable especially our most vulnerable populations such as small children, the elderly, and people with limited mobility,” said Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons.

    Heat stroke is perhaps the most dangerous illness that can result from excessive exposure to high temperatures. This occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature causing the sweating mechanism to fail and preventing the body from being able to cool down. Symptoms can include a throbbing headache, nausea, dizziness and confusion, and can ultimately result in unconsciousness or death. Temperatures are likely to increase at a significant rate once heat stroke begins.

    Employers should take precautions needed to protect outdoor workers: Have a work site plan to prevent heat-related illnesses and make sure that medical services are available to respond to an emergency should one occur.  We are encouraging employers to allow outdoor workers to take frequent breaks to cool off.  We are also encouraging the use of a buddy system when working in intense heat. 

    Attached below this news release is our 2013 Extreme Heat Awareness Tips Sheet that we will begin distributing at grocery stores, hospitals, community centers, doctors’ offices and homeless shelters throughout the summer.

    Extreme Temperature Plan link: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPS/DHS/Preparedness/Documents/CEMP%20DECEMBER%202012/Extreme%20Temperature%20Plan%20Dec%202012.pdf

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