Benton County Identifies Precautions, Resources for Heatwave
The National Weather Service recently issued a heat advisory for the South Willamette Valley starting July 25 through Friday, July 29 with temperatures over 100 possible.
Benton County is urging the public to take proactive actions to help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“Please stay safe and drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, take advantage of cooling centers, remain out of the sun, and check in on neighbors, friends and loved ones,” said Benton County Emergency Manager Bryan Lee. “It is a good idea to make a plan for heat safety that includes connecting with friends, family, or neighbors who may be susceptible to extreme heat to offer help.”
Here is a list of Cooling Centers in Benton County. Community members needing relief from high temperatures can also connect with 211 for information on cooling center locations, hours and transportation to the centers. Dial 211 and wait for the prompt to find hot weather-related resources, including a list of cooling centers by county. The 211 services will keep its prompt operating 24/7 for the rest of the summer. Cooling center information is also available at 211info.org.
Benton County residents should stay informed about conditions when planning activities and find ways to stay cool and hydrated. Individuals should also learn how to prevent, recognize and treat heat-related illnesses.
The Benton County Health Department urges the public to contact their primary care provider or visit an urgent care facility if they begin to experience heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, heat rash or other non-emergent medical care needs. For emergencies call 911.
People over the age of 65 and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk and should be closely monitored to make sure they’re drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning, and know how to keep cool.
Those who exercise in extreme heat or work outdoors are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illnesses and should stay as cool and hydrated as possible.