Excessive Heat Emergency Guidance
The warmer weather has finally arrived and the Lebanon Fire and Emergency Management Department would like Lebanon residents to be aware of the following information related to the potential affects from extreme temperatures. There are a number of risks associated with exposure to heat. Please see the below information and, as always, if you have questions please contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 603-448-8810.
Heat Index & Associated Health Risks
Heat index is defined by the National Weather Service as a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored with the actual air temperature.
As the heat index rises, so do the health risks. This is especially true in the following vulnerable populations:
- Adults age 65 or older
- Individuals with drug or alcohol addictions
- Infants and small children under age 3
- People with medical conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure)
- People working under extreme conditions
- Pregnant women
Health Risks & Information
- Heat Exhaustion occurs when the body is dehydrated
- Cool and Clammy Skin
- Profuse Sweating
- First Aid - move to cooler area, drink water
- Without intervention - can lead to more serious health risks
- Heat stroke occurs when the body cannot perspire and the body overheats
- Body Temperature Over 101 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Flushed Face
- Hot and Dry Skin
- No Sweating
- Rapid Pulse
- First Aid - move indoors, wrap with cool, wet sheet and get person to medical treatment immediately
- Without intervention - can lead to confusion - coma and death
City Operations Plans for Heat Related Emergencies
The City of Lebanon Emergency Management Director or designee may activate the City's Heat Emergency Annex to the City's Emergency Operations Plan. The following is a list of actions we will consider depending on the severity of the emergency.
- Contact local cooling shelters to determine readiness of facilities. Notifications of shelter locations will be distributed via LebAlert, the City's website, and local media outlets.
- Distribute bottled water to cooling shelters.
- Consider free admission to the Lebanon Municipal Pool for residents.