Severe Weather

Severe Weather & Your Health 

Extreme weather patterns carry a wide range of implications regarding human populations. In addition to the high potential for injuries and deaths during hurricanes, floods, and other weather-related disasters, it's important to know the additional health risks associated with extreme weather conditions.

A variety of weather situations can have an impact of an outdoor event. Please consult this checklist to see if there are things you need to consider for your event to keep your attendees safe and healthy.

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  1. Extreme Heat
  2. Extreme Cold
  3. Floods
  4. Hurricanes
  5. Additional Health & Safety Concerns

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As temperatures in Maryland start heating up, make sure to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. While anyone can be a victim of heat-related illness, highest risk groups include people under age of 5 or over age 65, people with chronic illness, people taking certain medications, and those who are exercising or working outdoors. COVID-19 presents many challenges in the summer since places where citizens generally go to cool off, including cooling centers and libraries are likely to remain closed. Finding ways to stay cool and safe, both at home and outside, are more important this summer than ever

Hot Weather Tips:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in air conditioned places when possible.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work/exercise during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Please be aware that heat exposure is cumulative and repeated exposure will reduce the time you can spend in the sun without feeling the effects.

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Heat-Related Illness

During extremely hot and humid weather, your body’s ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having heat-related illness. 

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