CONTACT: Michelle Vigil , (210) 207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (June 19, 2019) - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is alerting the community of a level II heat advisory. A Level II heat advisory is issued when the heat index is expected to be equal to or higher than 108 degrees Fahrenheit or the temperature reaches 103 degrees or higher.
“With the heat and humidity forecast for today and later this week, 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, and people with existing problems such as heart disease, and those 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 II 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. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.
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. Click here to access a summary of 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.