Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager
SAN ANTONIO (May 11, 2018) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) alerts the community of a level III “heat outlook.” Level III indicates a sustained heat index between 90 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit for two consecutive days.
“Particularly with the weekend coming up and families spending time outdoors, it is imperative that people drink plenty of water to prevent complications from the heat,” says Mario Martinez, assistant director, Metro Health.
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat outlook. 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. Heat stroke is likely with prolonged exposure.
Warning signs of heat stroke 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 cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles.
Metro Health’s heat plan follows the national weather service levels. The format resembles a countdown, with Level IV representing 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. 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. Stay tuned for further notices.