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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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Be Prepared — Emergency Guide 26 Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region and last for several weeks are defined as extreme heat. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities. In Georgia, it is not unusual for temperatures to soar into the 90s. In a normal year, approximately 175 Americans succumb to the demands of summer heat. Only the cold of winter — not lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or earthquakes — takes a greater toll. Humid or muggy conditions can add to the discomfort of high temperatures. A heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation. Prepare for extreme heat • Check to see if your home's cooling system is working properly. • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary. • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside, and weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in. • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.) • Keep storm windows up all year. Plan to slow down • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available. • Spend more time in air- conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other Extreme heat

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