Liberty County Office of Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Thomas Duke said the area is expected to hit some top heat indexes this weekend.
Duke said Liberty County can expect a heat index of 109 degrees Fahrenheit around 4:pm, Friday, 110 degrees Fahrenheit around 1:00 p.m. Saturday and 110 degrees Fahrenheit around 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
On average, extreme heat has killed more people in the last 10 years than any other weather phenomenon<https://www.weather.gov/hazstat/
· The L-EMA Office offers these tips for staying safe in extreme heat:
Hydrate. Whether you feel thirsty or not, drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated, especially when you're working or exercising outside.
Educate yourself. Keep up with the latest temperature and heat index forecasts and current readings (take actions to stay cool and safe when the temperatures hit 85 degrees or the heat index hits 90 degrees). Know the warning signs of a heat illness, and how you can stay cool.
Act quickly when a heat illness is suspected. Seek medical attention immediately for any of these warning signs: cramping, rapid pulse, heavy sweating, hot red skin, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting.
Take it easy. Anyone working or exercising outdoors should avoid overexertion, especially between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Take hourly breaks in the shade or air conditioning.
· Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heatstroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.