July 11, 2018

What You Need to Know About High Heat

Summer isn’t even half over and the National Weather Service (NWS) has already issued several heat advisories forecasting temperatures and/or a heat index of over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (F).

Most people know that means it’s going to be hot. But it also is the trigger for the County’s Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) to activate the high heat portion of the County’s Extreme Temperature Plan and issue a “Hyperthermia Alert.” When in effect, a Hyperthermia Alert provides special support for the homeless and activates enforcement/protection for animal/pet safety. The public is alerted through various County social media postings.

The County will issue a “Heat Emergency” warning, when the NWS forecasts “Excessive Heat” with a maximum temperature including heat index of 105 degrees F or higher AND includes one or more of these conditions: will last for at least two days, nighttime air temperatures will not drop below 75 degrees F, or other conditions provided by NWS or threats are determined by OEMHS (e.g., large-scale power outages). Along with County social media and website postings, OEMHS will send out a warning through the Alert Montgomery system.

We’ve got a lot of summer left with plenty of potential high heat and humidity days. Please take some time to review these “Surviving the Heat Tips” before the next round of high heat and humidity hits.