A Message From Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris JudahRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 08 2019 9:49 AM
DOTHAN - HOUSTON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Please be safe out there today. Several Counties around Houston placed under a “Heat Advisory.” This can most certainly affect HOUSTON County as well. Use caution and be aware of getting over heated.
Know what to do:....
DANGEROUSLY HIGH HEAT INDEX VALUES EXPECTED TODAY....
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a Heat
Advisory, which is in effect until 7 PM EDT /6 PM CDT/ this
* TEMPERATURES...The combination of highs in the mid 90s and
elevated humidity will lead to widespread heat index values
around 108 degrees late this morning into early this evening.
* IMPACTS...The risk of heat related illness will be greater for
those without air conditioning, especially the elderly, infants,
and pets. Those with health conditions and outdoor workers are
also at greater risk.
A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned
room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and
Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside.
When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning
or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and
heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest
breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome
by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat
stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.