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What to do Before a Heat Wave

Preparation for a heat wave is the best method for minimizing injury or illness. Follow these important steps to prepare yourself and your family for a heat wave. Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature. A NOAA (pronounced "Noah") radio will automatically alert you when a Heat Wave Warning has been issued. Also, purchase a battery-powered commercial radio and extra batteries as well.

When temperatures become unbearably hot or a heat wave has been predicted for the City of Yuma, listen to NOAA radio or local radio or television newscasts for the latest information and special instructions from local officials.

Learn community evacuation procedures and routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate. Keep your car fueled and in good condition in case, evacuation is required.

Discuss with your family the safest and coolest places to be at home, at work, or at school. These places are often the lowest floors in buildings or rooms that are air-conditioned. Stay in these places as much as possible during the heat wave. Have a large supply of bottled water and foods low in protein on hand. Water is often a rare commodity during a heat wave.

Prepare for possible isolation in your home. Purchase an air conditioner, even for just one room, and make sure your air conditioner has been properly serviced. Once a heat wave begins, air conditioning vendors will be too busy to promptly install or service your air conditioner. Also purchase and use electric fans in your home, consider the needs of young children, elderly persons, and people with health problems who live around you. They will be most affected during a heat wave.

Have appropriate clothing for the weather. Lightweight, light-colored clothing is best during hot weather.

For more information, contact the City of Yuma Fire Department Emergency Management division.

For more information... City of Yuma Fire Department