San Antonio Office of Emergency Management

Published on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Metro Health Heat Outlook

Metro Health Issues Heat Outook Level III

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) notifies the community of a level III heat outlook. Level III indicates that when the National Weather Service forecasts temperatures greater than 100°F or when the heat index is expected to be within the 90°F - 108°F range for two successive days.

Metro Health reminds the community to take precautions against increasing heat, including proper hydration and protection from the sun. Additionally, people should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly, children or those with special needs, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.

Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible health effects resulting from this heat level and heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.

Warning signs of heatstroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Call 911 or you local emergency number immediately.

Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV stating a normal/routine condition and Level I representing a maximum readiness/excessive heat warning. The heat plan provides information on how individuals can prepare for, prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems. Additionally, the plan provides a list of local agencies which will furnish heat-related assistance during extreme heat weather conditions. We encourage individuals to share this plan with anyone who might utilize this information.

Community members can contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at 830-606-3617 or visit their website for current hourly weather.

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