Excessive heat watch in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening

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From the Imperial County Emergency Medical Services:

This hazardous weather outlook is for extreme southwest Arizona, extreme west-central Arizona, south-central Arizona, southwest Arizona, west-central Arizona and extreme southeast California.

Day one today and tonight.
No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

Days two through seven Tuesday through Sunday.
Please listen to noaa weather radio or go to weather.gov on the internet for more information about the following hazards.

Excessive heat watch.
Above normal temperatures are expected Tuesday through Sunday. The potential for excessive heat exists Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures ranging from 111-117 degrees for many low desert locations. Moisture and cloud cover from area thunderstorms may help to mitigate the excessively hot temperatures on any given day.

Thunderstorm chances are slight each day but if thunderstorms form strong gusty outflow winds could generate areas of blowing dust creating driving and health hazards. Some storms could produce heavy rain and localized flooding of roadways and ponding of water in low lying areas.

Imperial County Health Officials announce availability of twenty-eight local Cool Centers

IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department is asking Imperial County residents to take the appropriate precautions this summer in order to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Locally twenty-eight Cool Centers are available throughout Imperial County where individuals can cool off during the hottest parts of the day. Local public health officials are providing the public with information on precautions they can take when the temperatures rise.

Officials for Imperial County will be notifying healthcare professionals, schools, senior centers, nursing homes, and businesses on ways to reduce heat- related illnesses.

Residents are encouraged to check on neighbors such as the elderly, disabled or young children that might be more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Young children are especially vulnerable to high temperatures and parents and caregivers of small children as asked to be especially vigilant about not leaving children in hot cars to avoid serious injury or even death. “As outside temperatures rise, the risks of children dying from being left alone inside a hot vehicle also rises,” said Dr. Stephen Munday, Health Officer. These are tips for parents/caregivers:

ï‚· Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle — even if the windows are — partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on.

  • ï‚·  Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking

    the door and walking away.

  • ï‚·  Ask the childcare provider to call if the child does not show up for care

    as expected.

  • ï‚·  Do things that serve as a reminder a child is in the vehicle, such as

    placing a purse or briefcase in the backseat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver’s view to indicate a child is in the child-safety seat.

  • ï‚·  Teach children a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child’s reach.

    Pet owners are also encouraged to protect their pets from the summer’s heat by always keeping plenty of fresh water available for pets, providing access to a shaded area and never leaving animals in a car during the summer months.

    There are several steps individuals can take to protect themselves during extreme hot weather. Residents are urged to take the following precautionary measures to prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

    • ï‚·  Dress in lightweight, loose fitting clothing,
    • ï‚·  Drink a variety of fluids, including water, fruit juice and sports drinks,
    • ï‚·  Check on neighbors, especially seniors, children, and neighbors who live alone,
    • ï‚·  Keep physical activities to a minimum during the hottest part of the day,
    • ï‚·  Stay indoors and out of the sun during the hottest part of the day,
    • ï‚·  Use fans as appropriate,
    • ï‚·  Use cool showers, baths, misting and washcloths,
    • ï‚·  Avoid hot foods and heavy meals. Individuals are advised to stay indoors with cool air during the hottest hours of the day and be even more vigilant when they do spend time outdoors.

Going to air conditioned areas is an alternative when facing extreme heat, however, for those who live in remote areas this is not always possible and a number of community agencies have come together once again this year to provide cool centers that are conveniently located.

Agencies that have offered their locations as Cool Centers in Imperial County include the following (see attached flyer for additional contact information):

● Camarena Public Library in Calexico
● Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, Inc.,
(Calexico, El Centro, Brawley, Niland, Winterhaven, Mecca, Blythe, Coachella and West Shores Clinics)
● San Pasqual Family Resource Center
● Seeley Community Church
● Imperial Valley Desert Museum
● Salvation Army Brawley Store
● Westmorland Senior Citizen Building
● El Centro Adult Center
● El Centro Community Center

● Ocotillo Recreation Hall
● Brawley Senior Center
● Brawley Public Library
● Calipatria County Library
● Imperial Valley Mall, El Centro
● IV Expo (when Governor requests) ● Salvation Army Thrift Store

● City of Imperial Public Library
● Holtville Civic Center
● Holtville County Library
● Palo Verde Improvement Assoc.

If you must go out to the heat, take the following precautions.

  • ï‚·  Try to go out before noon or in the evening.
  • ï‚·  Reduce your physical activity. If you must participate in a physical activity

    outdoors, make sure you drink plenty of water. Sports drinks may

    replenish the salt and minerals that you lose when you sweat.

  • ï‚·  Try to rest regularly in shaded areas.
  • ï‚·  Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses

    and apply sun block containing a protection level of SPF of 15 or greater (the more effective products indicate “UVA/UVB protection” on the label.) Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, fainting

    and vomiting. Heat stroke is considered a severe medical emergency. The symptoms due to heat stroke include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse and possible unconsciousness. Emergency medical assistance should be summoned immediately or the victim should be taken to the hospital immediately if suffering from heat stroke.

For more information on the Cool Centers and the various locations in

Imperial County please call (760) 482-4968 or for more Summer Safety tips visit http://www.icphd.com/health-information-and-resources/health-&- wellness/summer-safety/