Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A heat advisory has been issued by The National Weather Service for Southeast Louisiana including St. John Parish. Heat Index values of 105 to 112 degrees are expected through 6:00 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Lower temperatures are expected tonight and some may see relief this afternoon from showers and thunderstorms.
All residents and laborers working outdoors are encouraged to take frequent breaks in the shade or in air conditioning, and should also drink water to stay hydrated. “Residents without air conditioning should consider visiting public facilities and/or family and friends with air conditioning. Please check on homebound neighbors throughout the day to ensure their well-being,” stated Emergency Preparedness Acting Director Kathryn Gilmore.
Heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can strike at any time. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Parish President Robottom also asks teachers, faculty, and coaches to keep students indoors as much as possible. “I understand practice must resume; however, please allow for frequent breaks and keep students hydrated as temperatures are on the rise,” added President Robottom.