Ponca City, OK

Ponca City Emergency Management – How To Respond To Excessive Heat EventsFree Access

  • Slow down. In other words reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities for the coolest times of the day. Children, seniors and those with health problems should stay in the coolest place available. In some situations, that may not be indoors!
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects heat & sunlight & will keep you cooler. Cotton fabrics are best.
  • Eat light, cool meals that are easy to digest. If you pack a lunch an ice pack should be included. Then store it in the coolest place possible.
  • Drink plenty of water & non-caffeinated liquids. Begin hydrating before work starts and maintain that level of hydration through the day.
  • Use air conditioners or visit air conditioned locations such as malls & libraries.
  • Portable fans can be used to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Do not, however, sit directly in front of a fan when the temperature is over 90 degrees. Dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster & put you at risk for heat illness.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Salt tablets should only be taken at the recommendation of a doctor.
  • Electronics can be damaged if left in hot vehicles.
  • Children, pets, the elderly & the ill are far more susceptible to heat illness. Check on them often.

From the National Weather Service
Contact: Paula Cain, Emergency Management Director, 767-0380

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