SEVERE WEATHER WATCH OR WARNING:
- Listen to the National Weather Service
alerts at KTAR 92.3 FM or KEC94, Phoenix VHF
- Weather Watch - Is issued
by the National Weather Service when severe
weather conditions are possible in the area.
- Be prepared to respond if weather conditions
- Weather Warning - Is issued
when sever weather has been sighted or indicated
by weather radar. If severe weather warning is
issued for your area, move to your designated
- Check nearby storm drains to ensure they are
clear of debris.
- Move furniture, valuables to higher ground.
- Secure or bring in outdoor furniture.
- Unplug appliances - do not touch wet
- Fill jugs with clean water in case water
supplies become contaminated.
- Place sandbags in and around all outside
doors and thresholds. Sandbags can be obtained
from your local county government. (Sandbag
- If told to evacuate, do so quickly.
- Avoid downed power lines.
- Do not drink tap water.
- Leave low-lying areas immediately.
- If driving in low-lying areas or if your car
stalls in rapidly rising water, get out of the
car and seek higher ground immediately. Flood
water has more force than you think.
- Stay away from storm drains and irrigation
- Police/construction barricades are for your
protection. Do not drive through or around
- Walking or driving through flood water is
- Go inside immediately and stay away from
windows, water, faucets, sinks, bathtubs, and
telephones. Remember, if you can hear thunder,
you are close enough to be struck by lightening.
- If you are in your car, stay there.
- Turn off and unplug TV's, computers, and
- If outside, stay away from tall trees, open
fields, water, or metal objects. If you are
caught in an open space or field, crouch low to
the ground, but do not lie flat.
HEAVY WINDS, TORNADOES, MICROBURST'S:
- Go to a safe place immediately and protect
yourself under a sturdy object.
- Go to a bathroom, closet or interior hallway
in the center of a building on the lowest floor.
- If outside, lay flat in a ditch or low-lying
area with your hands protecting your head.
- If you are in a car or mobile home, get out
and find shelter in a ditch or other low-lying
- If dense dust is observed blowing across or
approaching, pull your vehicle off the roadway
as far as possible, stop,
turn off lights, set the
emergency brake, take your foot off of
the brake pedal to be sure the tail
lights are not illuminated.
- Do not enter the dust storm area if you can
- If you cannot pull off the roadway, proceed
at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on
lights and sound horn occasionally. Us the
painted center line to help guide you. Look for
a safe place to pull off the roadway.
- Never stop on the traveled portion of the
If Stranded in Your Vehicle; Stay with
the Vehicle. Put up windshield sun shade,
if available. Beware of carbon monoxide and oxygen
starvation; keep fresh air in the car by keeping a
down wind side window slightly open for
ventilation. Tying a bright colored cloth to your
radio antennae can help alert rescue personnel to
As a general rule of thumb, any time between
April and October, make a special point of keeping
vehicle in good operating condition and do not let
your fuel drop below the 50% mark on your gas
gauge. If you have a cell phone, carry it with you,
an adapter to plug it into the car cigarette lighter
for additional power is also highly recommended.
Keep a survival kit in the vehicle, even during mild
- Avoid strenuous activities on hot days; rest
often in shade.
- Limit activities to the coolest parts of the
day (4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.).
- If active between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,
drink at least one quart of water every hour.
- Stay in air conditioned areas, if possible.
- If air conditioning is not available, stay
on the lowest floor, away from sunshine, and go
to a publicly air conditioned area during the
hottest part of the day.
- Have a buddy system where relatives,
neighbors, and friends check on each other.
- Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of water often to help keep
your body cool.
- Drink plenty of water often, even if you do
not feel thirsty.
- Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which
worsen the affects heat has on your body.
- Never leave an infant, child, or pet left
unattended in parked vehicles.
- Eat small meals often.
- Avoid foods that are high in protein or
- Avoid using illicit drugs (such as cocaine,
amphetamines, and methamphetamines).
- If your heart begins to pound, or if you
become light headed, confused, weak or faint,
STOP ALL ACTIVITY!! GET ASSISTANCE
Heat-related illness signs and symptoms:
- Thirst: By the time your
body tells you that you are thirsty, you are
already mildly dehydrated.
- Heat Cramps: Are muscular
pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. They
usually involve the abdominal muscles or the
legs. The loss of water and salt from heavy
sweating causes the cramps.
- Heat Exhaustion: Is less
dangerous than heat stroke. It typically occurs
when people exercise heavily or work in a warm,
humid place where body fluids are lost through
heavy sweating. With heat exhaustion, sweat
does not evaporate as it should, possibly
because of high humidity or too many layers of
clothing. As a result, the body is not cooled
properly. Signals include cool, moist, pale,
flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache;
nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion.
Body temperature will be near normal.
- Heat Stroke: Or
sunstroke...is life threatening. The victim's
temperature control system, which produces
sweat to cool the body, stops working. The
body temperature can rise so high that brain
damage and death may result if the body is not
cooled quickly. Signals include hot, red, dry
skin; changes in consciousness; rapid weak
pulse; and rapid shallow breathing.