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Even though it has been relatively quiet as far as developing hurricanes are concerned, it is important to remember that the traditional peak of the season occurs in late August to early September. Storms can develop quickly so prepare before the storm hits. Go to http://www.quakekare.com/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-preparedness.html for information about getting prepared for the effects of a hurricane, so check it out today.

                    U.S. Hazards Outlook, courtesy of the National Weather Service. Image posted July 13, 2012.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings of severe heat for the next several days. And, as you can see in the predominant brown portions of the map above, drought conditions will continue across much of the U.S. Now is a good time to prepare for the severe heat. When the temperature rises too much, it creates problems for everyone, especially the elderly, the infirmed and the young. In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, extreme heat is the number one weather-related cause of death in the United States.

Consider the following steps when preparing for the heat.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio  for weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
Ensure that air conditioning systems and windows work properly and are properly insulated.
Heat proof the house by installing window shades, awnings and weather-strip around doors and
Water rationing can occur swiftly, so store an adequate supply of water.  ER Emergency Ration drinking water is the ideal product to keep with your emergency supplies. It stores safely in extreme weather conditions and is immediately available for use.
Maintain basic first aid supplies to deal with the effects of heat exhaustion and sunstroke and learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.


When the heat arrives
Reduce exposure to the sun by limiting the amount of time spent outdoors during the hottest parts of the day and refraining from strenuous activity.
If you must venture outside, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and face.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar and salt.
Use air conditioning if available, but set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees to avoid electrical brownouts.
If air conditioning is unavailable, keep windows open or use fans and stay on the lowest floor possible.
Consider relocating to a more comfortable location, such as a shopping mall or a movie theater.
Do not leave children or pets in cars, even for short periods of time. Temperatures can soar very quickly in enclosed vehicles.

Follow these guidelines and have a safe and wonderful summer!



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