It may be hurricane season, but it is also summer, which means higher temperatures and more free time in the sun. Last summer, states like Arizona experienced temperatures over 115 degrees. With your mass notification software, making an emergency notification during extreme heat can save the lives of your residents at any age. Exposure to high temperatures can cause many things including heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke and even death.
To warn your residents, send a CodeRED alert when the National Weather Service orders a heat advisory for your area. This is typically done when the temperatures are expected to be between 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app features dozens of customizable heat warnings for subscribers as well. Receive a free 30-day trial of severe weather warnings, or continue without the upgrade to continue to receive emergency, community and missing person alerts.
After your residents are notified of the upcoming temperatures, Emergency Communications Network recommends informing your residents on how to stay cool during the hottest of days. Residents should know to always drink water, decrease their time outside as much as possible, wear lighter clothes or turn on multiple fans.
Heat may only come to parts of the country seasonally, but more than 600 people die every year from heat related deaths, which is more than hurricanes, floods or any other weather related disaster according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is up to you to make sure your residents are feeling comfortable and safe during every emergency, whether it is lane closures, gas leaks, weather warnings or heat advisories.