CLEVELAND - A heat advisory was issued for thousands of Cleveland seniors on Monday.
The Cleveland Department of Aging and the Cleveland Office of Emergency Management issued the advisory to warn about the anticipated heat and humidity this week.
The phone calls were sent via the Cleveland WARN system to about 38,000 Cleveland seniors.
The Department of Aging works regularly with seniors throughout the city and has found that the alerts are an ideal medium for reaching them with critical information.
“Seniors are especially sensitive to heat and humidity and this weather can be exceptionally difficult for them,” said Director Jane Fumich. “We hope that alerts like these help our seniors and those that care for them to stay safe and healthy.”
If you care for or live near a senior, take the time to check on them regularly. Encourage them to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun.
Watch for the warning signs of heat stroke: fainting, nausea, a fast pulse rate, and/or flushed skin. If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical help!
If you are a senior, touch base with family, friends or neighbors and ask them to check in on you. Keep cools by drinking plenty of water and staying in cool, air-conditioned places. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing and stay out of the sun. Should you need assistance, dial 211 for United Way assistance. If you feel ill or need emergency medical care, dial 911.
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