Lee County EMA Warns of Extreme Heat
June 28, 2012
The United Way of Lee County is offering Fans for low income Senior Citizens and qualifying
families living in Lee County without other means of cooling. Individuals in need of a fan should
contact the United Way @ 334‐745‐5540.
Citizens looking for heat relief are urged to patronize their local mall or shopping center, public buildings, public library or movie theater for enjoyment and relief from the hot temperatures.
The local Red Cross Office at 206 26th St., Opelika will also be open as a cooling station during
normal business hours.
Staying well hydrated is a major key to the prevention of heat related illness or injury.
American Red Cross recommendations for heat safety: http://www.redcross.org
What should I do during a heat wave?
1. Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
2. Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
4. Eat small meals and eat more often.
5. Avoid extreme temperature changes.
6. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
7. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
8. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
9. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat