MSP Encourages Citizens To Prepare For Extreme Heat
By: Mike Stiles -
Thursday, August 26, 2021
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(LANSING) – Michigan State Police are urging citizens to stay protected as extreme heat is forecast through the weekend.
The MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division says heat indexes are expected to be close to or over 100 degrees across much of Lower Michigan and Northern Indiana over the next few days. In addition, the threat of thunderstorms also remains in the forecast, which could lead to additional power outages, adding to the potential heat dangers.
To prepare for the extreme heat: cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat entering your home; check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight; ensure your pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water; also learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.
To prevent heat illness: remember to drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks that cause dehydration; wear clothing that allows for good air circulation; limit vigorous activity; if you're outside try to avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade; and try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
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