Orleans County Emergency Management Urge Residents to Prepare for Extreme Heat

Statement from Justin Niederhofer, Director of Emergency Management

“We are currently experiencing a prolonged period of intense heat that poses significant health risks to all members of our community. With temperatures soaring well above normal levels, it is crucial that we take proactive steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the potentially life-threatening effects of extreme heat.

“The National Weather Service predicts Monday’s temperatures to reach into the 90’s and remain throughout the week. These high temperatures will be paired with a significant heat index as well.

“Here are some essential precautions and safety measures that I urge you to follow:

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. Dehydration can lead to serious health complications.Orleans Aware

Limit Outdoor Activities: Whenever possible, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during the hottest parts of the day. If you must be outdoors, seek shade and take frequent breaks in a cool, air-conditioned environment.

 Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Opt for light colors that reflect rather than absorb sunlight.

 Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Keep an eye on elderly neighbors, young children, and those with chronic illnesses who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Assist if needed to ensure they have access to cool shelter and adequate hydration.

 Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles: Even a short amount of time in a hot car can have deadly consequences. Always double-check the backseat before exiting your vehicle.

 Use Cooling Centers: If you do not have access to air conditioning at home, seek out designated cooling centers in our community. These facilities offer relief from the heat and can help prevent heat-related illnesses. Find local cooling centers here: health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/

 Be Prepared for Power Outages: Extreme heat can put a strain on the power grid, increasing the likelihood of blackouts. Have a plan in place for staying cool and safe during power outages, including alternative sources of ventilation and hydration.

 Stay Informed: Download Orleans Aware - you’ll receive alerts and messaging as it pertains to weather changes and instructions if necessary. Monitor local weather forecasts and heat advisories.   (app link: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a843140200

“By taking these precautions and safety measures seriously, we can minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses and ensure the well-being of our community during this extreme heat.

Stay safe, stay hydrated, and look out for one another.”