Heat Advisory in Effect Tuesday-Thursday: Stay Safe and Hydrated!

By Samm Swarts, June 17, 2024

Stay Safe and Hydrated During Excessive Heat!

Dear IC Community,

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Tompkins County and surrounding areas from noon on Tuesday through Thursday at 8pm. Extremely high temperatures in the mid 90’s with heat index values as high as 105 are currently forecasted during the advisory time. It is crucial to take extra precautions to stay safe, healthy, and hydrated during this time.

Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages as they can dehydrate you.
  2. Wear Lightweight Clothing: Opt for light-colored, loose-fitting clothes to help keep your body cool.
  3. Limit Outdoor Activities: Try to stay indoors during peak heat hours, typically between 10 AM and 5 PM. If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or a cool environment.
  4. Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  5. Eat Light Meals: Avoid heavy meals and opt for lighter, cool foods like salads and fruits that are high in water content.
  6. Know the Signs of Heat Illness: Be aware of symptoms such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. If you or someone else shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.

Seek Air Conditioning at the Campus Center:
If you are looking for a place to cool down, the Campus Center will be open and air-conditioned each day from 7 AM to 8 PM during the heat advisory. Feel free to take advantage of this space to stay cool and comfortable.

Let's work together to ensure everyone stays safe during this heat advisory. Please check on your co-workers, classmates, and friends, especially those who may be more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

Cool regards,

Samm Swarts
Assistant Director of Emergency Preparedness & Response
Office of Public Safety & Emergency Management