Kansas and Oklahoma Residents Dealing with Dangerous Heat

Kansas & Oklahoma — A dangerous heat wave is affecting the Kansas-Oklahoma region. Some places, like the Wichita and Tulsa area, could see high temperatures above 100 degrees into next week.

Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of severe-weather event in the U.S., but we can take action to prepare our loved ones and communities for extreme heat events.

STAY HYDRATED

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Stay away from sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks.
  • Replace lost minerals and salts. High heat will cause a lot of sweating, which results in the body losing a lot of necessary salts and nutrients. Keep a snack or sports drink close by.

Certain medical conditions and medications may mean you need to drink more water. Talk to your healthcare provider.

KEEP YOUR HOME COOL 

  • If you do not have air conditioning in your home, identify a place where you can spend the warmest part of the day during an extreme heat event.
  • Keep the sun out of your home. Cover windows with drapes and/or curtains. Aluminum foil-covered cardboard will help reflect the heat out of the house. 
  • Add insulation to prevent the heat from coming in. 

STAY CONNECTED 

  • Cars get really hot really fast. Do not leave anyone in an unattended vehicle, especially children and pets. 
  • Regularly check on older and sick relatives. Ask these questions to ensure their safety 
      • How much water have you had today? 
      • Do you have access to air conditioning? 
      • Do you know the signs of heat illness? 
  • IF SOMEONE IS VOMITING, DEVELOPS CONFUSION, LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS, OR HAS A BODY TEMPERATURE OF 104 DEGREES OR HIGHER, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.