- Stay informed of potential extreme heat by following local weather news. In particular, be sure to track the heat index and not just the raw temperature.
- Ensure that blinds or other sun shields are in use.
- Stock up on sun mitigation essentials like bottled water and sunblock.
- Identify backup locations you can go to for cooling measures in the event of a power failure.
If an extreme heat alert is issued, take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Limit exposure to outdoor activities and events.
- Ensure you are properly hydrating and taking time to recover and cool down if outdoor activity is unavoidable.
- Avoid drinking caffeine and other dehydrating beverages.
- Keep track of outdoor temperatures and personal comfort levels to know what temperatures feel too hot.
- If outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Call 911 if you begin to develop symptoms of significant dehydration.
- In the event that demand for cooling via Duke’s chilled water system begins to exceed capacity, Duke may have to take groups of buildings off the system for a limited amount of time, leading to a loss of cooling.
- Relocate to buildings with working air conditioning if necessary.
- Restock any used supplies as you return to normal operations.
- Ensure any heat-related workplace injuries are reported to OESO.
- Continue to monitor temperatures and the heat index.
- Extreme Heat in Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather (CDC)
- Ready.gov’s Extreme Heat Guide
- Heat Safety Tips and Resources (NWS)