Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit sun exposure.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Go to a designated cooling sites if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor and out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
If you need a place to cool off, there are multiple cooling sites available throughout the county. Please follow the COVID-19 guidance for each facility. See the 2022 list of Washtenaw County cooling sites here (PDF version available here).
Prevent Heat-Related Illness
Heat illness can occur when the body is unable to cool down. The body normally cools down by sweating. During extremely hot weather, sweating may not be enough to cool the body. The risk of heat-related illness increases when temperatures remain high for multiple days. For more information on the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 if a heat stroke is suspected.
Local Response Plan
An emergency response is typically only activated if a heat advisory remains in effect for multiple days or if an excessive heat warning is issued by the National Weather Service. A widespread loss of power or other complications may also activate the local Heatwave Response Plan.