County Instituting Extreme Heat Plan on Tuesday

With Tuesday’s temperatures soaring, the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management has activated the Extreme Heat Plan for Tuesday.

The Hyperthermia Alert has been issued to start at 1 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Expect the heat index to hover around 95 degrees. Stay hydrated. Take precautions to protect yourself and pets from heat-related illnesses.

When the Extreme Heat Plan is activated, county officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and their pets, against heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Residents also should check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbors who may be isolated, to ensure they are not showing signs of heat-related illnesses.

Open county facilities, including libraries, swimming pools, recreation and senior centers, as well as regional services centers, are good locations to find respite from the heat. Young children, the elderly and pets should never be left in parked vehicles during hot weather.

During excessive heat, homeless shelters operate under a hypethermia alert and allow residents to return to the shelter after work or daytime activities. Outreach programs are also encouraging unsheltered individuals to seek cool indoor locations and the Interfaith Works Empowerment Center at Progress Place is also available for unsheltered individuals. Residents concerned about the well-being of a homeless individual can call the 24-hour Homeless Information Line at 240-907-2688. Outreach partners will attempt to locate the individual and offer resources and support.

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