Vigilance Urged During Extreme Heat


heat-symptoms-2022-final.pngCHARLESTON, WV – With temperatures soaring and a dangerous heat wave forecasted through this weekend, WVEMD, at the direction of Gov. Jim Justice, urges all residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their communities from the ​hazards of extreme heat.

"During this scorching heat wave, I urge all citizens to prioritize their safety and well-being," said Justice. “Stay hydrated, find shade, and look out for one another. Together, we can beat the heat and keep West Virginia strong."

The sweltering temperatures, coupled with high humidity, pose serious health risks, particularly to vulnerable populations such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Considering this situation, WVEMD emphasizes the following safety guidelines:

  • Whenever possible, limit outdoor activities during peak heat hours, and find air-conditioned locations or cooling centers to escape the sweltering heat.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages that can contribute to dehydration.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to aid in maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
  • Regularly check on elderly neighbors, friends, or family members living alone to ensure their well-being during the heat wave.
  • Never leave children, incapacitated adults, or pets in parked vehicles. The interior of parked cars can quickly become dangerously hot, putting children, some adults, and pets at risk of heat-related illness or death.
  • Make sure you have a way to receive weather updates or advisories issued by local authorities. Follow guidance from emergency management officials.

State and local agencies are on high alert to respond to any heat-related emergencies that may arise. If you or someone you know experiences signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke, including dizziness, nausea, rapid pulse, or confusion, seek immediate medical attention.

WVEMD urges everyone to stay informed, stay safe, and take this heat wave seriously. Together, West Virginians will navigate through this weather event safely.
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Contact Information

Lora D Lipscomb, WVEMD Public Information Officer