PEARL –The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been notified by the National Weather Service in Jackson that a Heat Advisory is in effect for much of west central and central Mississippi through Tuesday evening.
Heat indexes in many parts of the state are forecast to be 105 to 108 degrees. Bolivar, Claiborne, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Madison, Rankin, Sharkey, Sunflower, Warren, Washington and Yazoo counties are under the advisory.
“Mississippians know how hot it can get during the summertime,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “Check on your neighbors and especially senior citizens in your community. Some of our residents are more vulnerable to high temperatures, so make sure they have a cool place to go during the hottest part of the day.”
The NWS also wants to remind everyone to “beat the heat, check the backseat.” Since 1998, 529 children have died nationwide due to hyperthermia after being left in or climbing into unattended vehicles. NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for one minute. If you see a child in an unattended vehicle, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Remember: Beat the heat, check the backseat.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
- 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.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have 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.
SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION; IF SOMEONE HAS SYMPTOMS:
- Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale or flushed.
- Weak pulse.
- Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise.
- Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches are possible.
IF SOMEONE HAS SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:
- Move the victim to a cool area.
- Increase cool water intake.
- Place cool, wet towel on neck and under arms.
- Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE; CALL 9-1-1 IF SOMEONE HAS THESE SYMPTOMS:
- High body temperature (105+).
- Hot, red, dry skin.
- Rapid, weak pulse and rapid shallow breathing.
- Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity.
- Possible unconsciousness.
In a normal year, approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat. Young children, senior citizens and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to become victims.
For more information, visit www.msema.org. To check out the latest local forecast from the National Weather Service go to www.srh.noaa.gov, and click on your area.