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Linking extension educators, emergency managers, and community officials to enhance resilience and reduce the impact of disasters in New York communities.
Heat Wave

 

National Weather Service 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

Resources for the Elderly 

K-State
www.uvm.edu/extension/?Page=news&storyID=10924&category=extension 
www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/itdhpfehe/  
www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/hyperthermia.htm

 

 

Resources for Working in the Heat

Alabama  Working in these hot conditions is taxing on the body. Be prepared to take care of yourself and others when you work outdoors this summer. 

Heat Safety Fact Sheet (OSHA publication: pdf) 
Heat Safety Fact Sheet - Spanish version (OSHA publication in Spanish: pdf)
Skin Cancer: Protect Yourself (ACES brochure)
Sun Safe (ACES brochure)

Illinois forwarded the NWS Heat information reference (above) to field offices, with additional comments regarding animals. See separate section on animals, below

"...for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs." 

Kansas pulled out last year's audio files for understanding heat and has shared these four:
               HeatIndex.mp3           Muggy.mp3           Humidity.mp3            Dehydration.mp3

Heat Cautions for Animals


General advice
 provided to locals by Illinois Extension:  "...for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs."   (Rick Atterbery)

Farm animal resources identified by Julie Smith (VT) at our request:

These are not necessarily the most up-to-date or complete resources but contain sound information.

Heat stress forecasts - Livestock (USDA-ARS and NOAA-NWS)  Greg Brenneman (IA) says the site "predicts heat stress for livestock (especially cattle) out for a 7 day period. It takes into account not only temperature and humidity but cloud cover and wind speed as well. It is one our producers have found very useful in being prepared for heat stress conditions."

http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=21306

 

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