BE PREPARED FOR DANGEROUS HEAT THIS WEEKEND

PEARL – Much of Mississippi may see the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend. The National Weather Service forecasts actual high temperatures up to 105 degrees with “real feel” heat indices up to 115 degrees through Monday.

“It has already been a brutally hot summer, and this weekend could be extremely dangerous,”

said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “We want to remind everyone to check on your family, friends and neighbors, especially senior citizens in your community. Please limit time spent outside and drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.”

Residents without access to air conditioning should check with their local emergency manger, city or county officials to see if cooling centers are available in their area.

Some Important reminders:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed.
  • Weak pulse, fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are possible.

What to Do If Someone Has Symptoms:

  • Move them to a cool area, have them drink cool water and use a cool wet towel on neck and under arms.

Signs of Heat Stroke:

  • High body temperature (105+) and hot, red, dry skin.
  • Rapid, weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing.
  • Person will probably stop sweating.
  • Call 911 or seek medical assistance for these symptoms.

For more information, visit the MEMA website at www.msema.org. and follow us on our social media outlets Facebook and Twitter.  To find out the latest local forecast from the National Weather Service go to www.srh.noaa.gov, and click on your area.

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