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Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Metro Health Issues Heat Advisory Level II

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) notifies the community of a level II “heat advisory.” Level II indicates a sustained heat index of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and the low ambient temperature is not expected to fall below 80 degrees for two consecutive days.

Daytime temperatures for this week are expected to exceed 100 degrees. Residents are encouraged to seek relief from the heat in libraries, swimming pools, community and senior centers, as well as malls and other locations that can shelter from the high temperatures. Attached is a listing of available cooling shelters. 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 likely health effects resulting from this heat level possible and heat stroke is possible with prolonged exposure.

Excessive heat events are common in the San Antonio area and South Texas. These events are public health threats because they often increase the number of daily deaths and nonfatal adverse health outcomes in affected populations.

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. Click here to access the heat plan.

Community members can contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at 830-606-3617 or visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather.

For Further Assistance:
If you have an emergency, call: 911
For utility assistance, call CPS: 210-353-2222
For non-emergency information, call: 311 (Hours 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

To request a fan from Project Cool: Seniors 60 years of age or older, current San Antonio residents and show critical need for a box fan are eligible to receive a fan free of charge by calling 2-1-1 . Fan supplies are limited by donations received during the summer.

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Carol Schliesinger, Public Relations Manager · 210.207.8172

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