State Police Urge Residents to Prepare for Extreme Heat Through Saturday

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With heat index readings expected to exceed 100 degrees across much of lower Michigan through Saturday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents and visitors to stay protected during the extreme heat.

“Extreme heat has the potential to be life-threatening as heat and humidity put stress on the body,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking the proper precautions, you can minimize your risk of heat-related illness and be ready to assist those who are most affected by severe heat.”

To prepare for extreme heat:

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
  • Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
  • Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
  • Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.

To prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
  • Limit vigorous activity.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
  • Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider going to a public location or cooling center that does.

To learn more about preparedness and being safe during the extreme heat, go towww.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

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