Overview of stats & general information about disaster
Extreme Heat is the term used when the temperature is about 10 degrees higher than the average temperature in that area. Extreme heat can come as a heat wave in which it lasts several days or weeks. This is caused by the high atmospheric pressures that trap humid air in lower ground therefore creates a type of “container” for the hot air to build up. This heat causes extreme discomfort and in some cases even causes fires.
How to prepare for extreme heat
To prepare for extreme heat, the first and most obvious thing you should do store plenty of water at home. You should also cover your windows with curtains and try to maintain as much heat out while at the same time keeping the cool air in. Another important safety tip is to check for any compressed gas or flammable fluid containers that you might have left in your car. These containers have the potential to catch fire or explode in the case of extreme heat.
What to do during
During a extreme heat, make the most of the water you stored at home and stay hydrated. You should avoid extraneous exercise and NEVER leave children or pets inside a vehicle alone. If you are running an errand, or anything that requires you to leave the house, make sure to locate areas where you can temporarily cool down such as shopping centers and grocery stores; also wear bright colored , wear sunscreen, and light fitting clothing in order to reflect the heat waves and keep less heat insulated under your clothes. If you feel you did all your adequate preparation and you did more than enough, occasionaly check on family and neighbors to see if they require any assistance.
aftermath and recovery
What to do after
After the extreme heat wave has passed check your local news channel for any wildfires that might have been caused by the heat. These wildfires are sometimes hard to contain and spread fast, which could potentially end up reaching nearby neighborhoods. Check your tire pressure and add air as needed.