CONTACT: Sonia Gonzales, (210) 207-8059
SAN ANTONIO (May 17, 2019) - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is alerting the community of a pre-cautionary level III heat advisory. A Level III heat advisory is issued when the heat index is expected to reach between 90 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit for two consecutive days or the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher.
“With the heat and humidity forecast for the weekend, it is important for the community to keep in mind that excessive heat can pose a health threat” says
Jennifer Herriott, Interim Metro Health Director. “Adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing problems such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning are at highest risk.”
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions when dealing with a level III heat advisory. Additionally, people should check on their neighbors, especially those at highest risk, to ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Sunstroke, heat cramps and 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.