2011-07-28 / General Stories

Extreme Heat and Drought Continue to Put People at Risk

The American Red Cross of Central Texas responds to a fire about once every two days. So far in the month of July, volunteers and staff have responded to a house fire almost every day.

Extreme drought conditions continue to put Central Texas homes and lives at risk.

Now more than ever, it’s vital that all Central Texans know what they can do to prevent a fire, and practice their escape plans with their families in order to stay prepared.

Beyond the risk to homes and property, the extreme heat also puts all of us at risk for heat-related illness every day. Dr. David Markenson, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Chair, wants to remind everyone to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day - even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol that dehydrate the body. Dr. Markenson also reminds us to be good neighbors. Check in on the elderly, young children and pets to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.

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