State Police Urge Michiganders to Prepare for Extreme Heat

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Heat Index Expected to be between 90 and 100 Degrees through Sunday

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July 21, 2016

With heat index readings expected to be between 90 and 100 degrees statewide from Thursday to Sunday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents and visitors to stay protected during the extreme heat.

“Extreme heat has the ability to be life-threatening,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking the proper precautions, you can minimize your risk of heat-related illness and stand ready to assist those who are most affected by severe heat.”

To prepare for extreme heat:

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
  • Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
  • Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
  • Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.*

To prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
  • Limit vigorous activity.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
  • Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider going to a public location or cooling center that does.

To learn more about being safe during the extreme heat, go to www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.

*From the Lapeer County Emergency Management Department:

  • There are no pre-designated cooling centers in Lapeer.
  • A “cooling center” is just that – a building/place to go and get cool.  Protection from the heat.  It is NOT a Red Cross (human ran) shelter.
  • Red Cross, like many other volunteer agencies, is also experiencing a shortage of people.  We would really only look to activate them if there was a large area without power and we needed to open a shelter.
  • Seniors can call the Senior Center (M-F 8-5pm) and see if they can go there. Remind them that these locations will not be open 24/7.  (667-0417  or 724-6030)
  • A resident can call their township hall/official and see if their facilities are open.
  • They can call their place of worship and see if they would be willing to open their doors.
  • They should also check with a family member, friend or neighbor.