While thunderstorms usually get more attention when it comes to dangerous weather, summertime may also expose us to too much heat and humidity. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities. In a normal year, about 175 Americans succumb to the demands of summer heat.
It’s important to know about the dangers of excessive heat and the things you should do to stay safe. Continue reading as we share how you can prep for the summer weather conditions!
How to Prep for Summer Season
Summers can get more intense in some states than others, but it’s important to be prepared for anything. Here are some tips to follow.
Always know where to evacuate, especially if you are designated in a calamity-prone area. Find out where the local shelters are located. Understand the difference between watches and warnings and purchase an NOAA weather radio if you don’t have one yet.
Stay hydrated whether you’re hiking, camping, in an SHTF scenario, or even when you’re just at home. Drinking water becomes more necessary as temperatures rise, so make sure to stick to drinking half your body weight in ounces per day. However, if you’re sweating a lot and spending plenty of time outside, I’d recommend getting even more. As a prepper, you need your mind to be sharp, and dehydration can begin messing with your mind.
Always Consider Your Perishable Necessities
Always have your necessities with you, including extra prescription medications and bagged pet food. These items will be helpful in case of extreme drought and there’s no way to grow your own food or even head to the store for some quick grocery shopping. Remember, it’s better to stay indoors as much as possible during the extreme heat of the day.
Every time you plan on going out during the summer, always start with your head. Every prepper needs a good hat to shield oneself from sun exposure. Then comes the rest of your body. Go for breathable fabrics that will keep your skin cool and protect you from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
You may also want to invest in good sunglasses t protect your eyes and even improve your vision. Some sunglasses can throw off your perception or distort colors, which can throw off your prepping and outdoor skills. Avoid those kinds of sunnies!
Lastly, protect your feet from catching sunburn, Cover them up with lightweight, breathable shoes with comfortable socks.
Heat Disorders to Watch Out for
Be aware of the following heat disorders and their symptoms. Here are some of the most common ones.
Heat stroke occurs when you have a high body temperature, hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, and even unconsciousness. This severe medical emergency requires medical assistance immediately. While waiting for rescue, move the victim to a cooler environment, and give them a cold bath with a sponge or cloth. Remove clothing, use fans, and air conditioners
Symptoms include redness and pain in the skin. In severe cases, blisters, fever, and headache may also occur. Always have ointments with you, as well as dry sterile dressing.
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, and cold, pale, and clammy skin. Most people also faint and vomit despite their normal temperature. To administer first aid, simply get the victim out of the sun and lay them down with loose clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air-conditioned room.
Symptoms include painful spasms in leg muscles and abdomen, as well as sweating. To treat, simply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve the spasm. Drink more water.