Be safe in the heat!

Be prepared to stay safe during hot weather.

The usual steps include wearing sunscreen, loose clothing and hats along with taking breaks in the shade, keeping cool, and staying hydrated. Keep an eye on kids, elders, pets and livestock for signs of too much sun and heat.
Check in on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are OK in the heat. And never leave people or pets unattended in a vehicle where temperatures can soar to dangerous levels.

Warning signs and Symptoms of heat issues are at the following link:
https://www.cdc.gov/extreme-heat/signs-symptoms/?CDC_AAref_Val=https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

There are cooling centers around the area, such as the Bixby Library and the Panton Town Hall during normal hours. Here is a link from Vermont Health on heat related items and how to find cooling centers around our state:
https://www.healthvermont.gov/health-environment/climate-health/hot-weather

Vermont Emergency Management has a lot of information on how to prepare for different events. Please have a look at their webpage and feel free to check out the many links available. Here is a good place to start:
https://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness

If you are going to use the town beach or other water courses to cool off, be alert for blooms of blue-green algae. The Vermont Department of Health keeps track of blue-green algae blooms and posts them online. Have a look at the following website to get more information:
http://www.healthvermont.gov/tracking/cyanobacteria-tracker
While the site does a good job of keeping reports up to date, conditions can change rapidly so always be on the lookout for the blooms.

It is always good to keep up with what is happening weatherwise. To help keep up on the changing conditions, please check your favorite local weather channel for the most current forecast, or visit the National Weather Service website at:
https://www.weather.gov/btv/

And this is a good time to mention if you haven’t yet signed up for VT Alert, please consider doing so. You can do so at the following link: https://vem.vermont.gov/vtalert

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong, be kind.
Bob Groff, EMC Panton