IEMA encourages families to prepare for extreme heat, severe weather this summer

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24–30

information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (June 5, 2018) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding Illinois residents that with the right tools and a little preparation, summertime can be safe, fun, and relaxing.

Precautions against extreme heat

Each year in the U.S., an average of 37 children die from heatstroke after being left in locked cars. Heat can be more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. To ensure the backseat is always checked before the car is locked, IEMA recommends putting a purse, cell phone, or other needed item in the back seat each time you use the car.

Summer’s extreme heat can also lead to heat-induced illnesses, including heat exhaustion or heat stroke. When extreme heat strikes, limit your time outdoors, seek air conditioning, and drink plenty of water. Check in on family, friends, neighbors, the elderly, and pets to ensure they are safe. If your home does not have air conditioning, familiarize yourself with your community’s cooling centers.

Preparations for severe weather

Warmer temperatures also bring an additional threat for severe weather. This year, National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24–30, and resources are available from the Lightning Safety Council to help families reduce their risk while enjoying the outdoors. Monitor the weather when planning or attending outdoor events. Have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated information about severe weather warnings.

“Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, taking in a ballgame, or traveling away from home, severe weather can strike at any time so it is important that you are aware of your surroundings,” said Acting Director William Robertson. “There are a variety of ways you can be alerted to critical, lifesaving information, no matter where you may be – including: NOAA weather radios, weather apps for your smart phone, television and radio broadcasts, the internet, and outdoor warning sirens.”

For more information on how to plan and prepare for an emergency, including a list of state and local resources, visit www.ready.illinois.gov.

 

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