IT PROMISES CERTAIN DEATH.
The mission of the Portland Office of Emergency Management (POEM) is to effectively lead the emergency preparedness, risk reduction, and response and recovery efforts of the City of Portland in order to protect lives and property in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster.
With temperatures expected to dramatically rise (as much as 30 degrees) over the next two to three days, with Saturday being the warmest, the Portland Office of Emergency Management encourages you to be aware of and to take the following precautions, as necessary.
Guidelines for hot weather:
• 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 public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
• Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.
• Drink plenty of water.
Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
• Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Take a shower
to remove oils that may block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally.
High body temperature (105+); hot, red, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid shallow breathing. Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity. Possible unconsciousness.
Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services, or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.