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Posted on: July 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Temperatures of Extreme Heat Anticipated for Metropolitan Region

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Landover, MD-High temperatures and humidity are anticipated for the metropolitan area today, Friday, July 21, 2017 through Monday, July 24, 2017.  The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an advisory for excessive heat and poor air quality for the duration of this period.  The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to take precautions to avoid heat related illnesses.

In the event of extreme heat, residents can ensure safety and preparedness with the following tips:

·        Drink plenty of water, juice, and juice drinks; even if you do not feel thirsty to avoid dehydration. A recommended amount of one to one and a half quarts of fluid will suffice in the avoidance of fluid deficiency.  Avoid drinks with caffeine. 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 outdoor activities during excessive heat.  If residents must be out in the hottest part of the day, be sure to wear light weight and light colored clothing and a hat to minimize the potential for heat exhaustion.  

·        Never leave children, the elderly, or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in parked cars can reach an estimate of 130 degrees within minutes, resulting in brain damage or death.

·        Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. More specifically, senior’s citizens, families with young children, people with special needs, or individuals living alone and pets to ensure their safety and hydration.

·        Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

·        Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available. 

·        Register for Alert Prince George’s to receive emergency information via your mobile and landline phones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management.

A list of Cooling Centers are available to help residents beat the heat, and will be updated as needed. For information on heat-related illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and for weather related information visit the National Weather Service. Should you need to contact the Office of Emergency Management dial 301-324-4400. Please remember to utilize 9-1-1 for health related emergencies regarding excessive heat.  

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