Heat Related Illness

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Signals of Heat Emergencies:

For Heat Exhaustion Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be near normal.

For Heat Stroke – Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be very high – sometimes as high as 105°F. If the person was sweating from heavy work or exercise, skin may be we; otherwise, it will feel dry.

Treatment of Heat Emergencies:

For Heat Cramps – Get the person to a cooler place and have them rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle(s) and replenish fluids. Give a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. DO NOT give liquids with alcohol or caffeine in them as they can make conditions worsen.

For Heat Exhaustion – Get the person out of the heat and into a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool, wet cloths such as towels or sheets. If the person is conscious, give cool water to drink.  Make sure they drink slowly. Carefully monitor them for any changes and if they worsen bring them to a hospital for medical attention. DO NOT give liquids with alcohol or caffeine in them as they can make conditions worsen.

For Heat StrokeHEAT STROKE IS A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION! Help is needed fast! Call 911 or your local emergency number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body. Immerse them in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around the bod and fan it. Watch for signals of breathing problems.

Contact Emergency Management

Robert Santaella
EM Director
Phone: (507) 233-6644

Shawn Stoermann
Emergency Manager
Phone: (507) 233-6852

Jaimee Brand
Public Health Director
(507) 233-6812

Michelle Steinbeisser
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
(507) 233-6813


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