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.
- 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.
- 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.