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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:
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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