NORRISTOWN, PA – The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared a "Code Red" Hot Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.
The “Code Red” declaration that was issued for Montgomery County for the period beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at noon has been extended to Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Code Red Hot Weather Health Warnings are issued in anticipation of an oppressively hot air mass with a heat index of 100ºF or greater. Such conditions can be deadly, and residents should take precautions to prevent heat-related stress and illness.
Those especially at risk are very young children, elderly adults, and people with chronic medical conditions, and who take certain medications. Friends, relatives, or neighbors should check on people who may be at risk. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness — including muscle cramps, headache, nausea, or vomiting.
Residents of Montgomery County who need emergency shelter during a “Code Red” can call the Your Way Home Call Center at 2-1-1.
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- If at all possible, try to get outdoor work completed in the morning to avoid the warmest part of the day.
- Keep windows and interior doors open when running a fan at home.
- Keep cool by seeking an air-conditioned building, such as a mall, library, or senior center if available. If not, seek rest in the shade.
For general hot weather information, please visit the Montgomery County Office of Public Health Extreme Weather webpage here.
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