Although the calendar says it’s the first day of Fall, much of the country is facing summer-like heat and humidity. The South and Mid-Atlantic are seeing temperatures in the 90’s which are predicted to continue for a few days and head north into southern New England.
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The American Red Cross wants people to know what they should do to weather the heat and remain safe during what can be dangerous conditions.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure your animals have water and a shady place to rest.
- Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the hottest part of the day – schools, libraries, theaters, malls.
For more information on what to do to be safe during this early Fall hot weather, visit www.redcross.org
Meanwhile, the Red Cross continues to help people in southern Texas where flooding remains a problem. More than 90 residents of the Corpus Christi area spent the night in Red Cross shelters. Some areas have received more than a foot of rain this month and rain and thunderstorms are predicted in the area today. The Red Cross’ Coastal Bend-Texas Chapter has teams in the area providing assistance as needed.
For information on what to do if flooding threatens your neighborhood, visit www.redcross.org. To make a financial donation to the Red Cross to help people affected by these disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text - visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.