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July 6th, 2012

Take Precautions During High Heat Advisory Days



GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana again today advised residents to take precautions in protecting themselves and their families during the high heat advisory days that the region is currently experiencing.

“I urge residents to keep cool and take it easy during the coming days when the heat and humidity will be high,” said County Executive Diana.  “The National Weather Service is indicating that the heat index values will exceed 100 degrees.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Upton, N.Y., which covers Orange County, has issued a heat advisory for our area that is in effect from noon today to 6 pm Saturday, July 7 with heat index values up to 101 due to temperatures in the lower 90s and dew points in the mid 60s.  The impacts of which include potential health hazards to those prone to heat stress.

A heat advisory, as defined by the NWS, is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 100 to 104 degrees for two consecutive hours the hazard being potentially dangerous heat.

“Please remember to check on neighbors and relatives with specials needs,” said Seamus K. Leary, Orange County Deputy Commissioner Division of Emergency
Management.

Some precautions and preparedness actions include:

·         Take extra caution if you work or spend time outside

·         Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening

·         Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

·         Wear light and loose fitting clothing when possible

·         Drink plenty of water

·         Reduce risk during outdoor work by scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or conditioned environment

·         Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location

·         Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1.

Deputy Commissioner Leary also noted that there is the potential for severe storms on Saturday and recommended that the public stay tuned to local weather forecasts for updated information.

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