Police Department

Excessive Heat Warning

111 East Maple ? P.O. Box 1019 ? Independence, Missouri 64051 - 0519

www.independencemo.org ? 816-325-7000

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Craig Brenner in the

City Manager’s Office at

Cbrenner@indepmo.org or

call 816-325-7086.

 

Excessive Heat Warning for City of Independence

 

(INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI)  Monday, July 13, 2015 – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for several counties in Missouri, including Jackson County.

 

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that remains in effect from noon until 9 pm today.  Today the heat index will be in the 108-116°F range.  Many people may not be acclimated to the heat due to the recent cool weather.

 

Because heat and humidity can combine to pose substantial health risks, the Independence Health Department advises residents to take extra precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.  Summer heat can take its toll on a person's or animal’s health, especially the very young, the elderly and the chronically ill.

 

Never leave a cat or dog unattended in a car.  Limit the time your cat or dog spends outside, especially between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and make sure they have access to a shaded area and plenty of cold water.

 

To Prevent Heat-Related Illness:

  • Be aware of the warning signs of heat-related illness such as light-headedness, mild nausea or confusion, sleepiness or profuse sweating.
  • Increase your fluid intake; drink more than your thirst indicates.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Spend time in an air-conditioned place; if not at home, then such public places as libraries, supermarkets, shopping malls, movie theaters or other air-conditioned location.
  • Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device during a heat wave.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, preferably before noon or in the evening.
  • Monitor those at high risk such as the elderly, infants and children up to 4 years of age, someone who is overweight or on medication.
  • Do not leave infants, children or pets unattended in a parked car or other hot environment.

 

The following City of Independence facility is available as a cooling center:

 

Roger T. Sermon Community Center

201 N. Dodgion Street

Independence, MO 64050

Today’s Hours: 9 am - 9 pm

 

Missourians should use the state's toll-free elder abuse hotline at 1-800-392-0210 to report any elderly persons suffering from the heat and needing assistance.

 

For general information on heat signs and symptoms, call the Health Department at (816) 325-7185.  For heat information and community resources, call the Independence Health Department’s community partner United Way 211 line, at 2-1-1 or (816) 474-5112.

 

Additional information on preventing heat-related illness is available through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' web site at www.dhss.mo.gov.

 

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