July is Heat Safety Preparedness Month

What You Can Do!

Listen to local weather forecast and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.

Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight.

They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.

If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls etc).

Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.


Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or news outlets for critical updates from the National Weather Service.

Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles! “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat!”

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.

Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Eat small meals and eat more often. Some foods can increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and can help your body maintain normal temperatures.

Slow down, stay in the coolest place available (not necessarily indoors) and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Strenuous and outdoor activates should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditions, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by heat.

Check on your animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.





Are you Prepared?


McHenry County Emergency Management Agency would like to remind you that now is the perfect time to review your Family’s Emergency Plan and check the supplies in your Emergency Kit or to take some time and create these life-saving tools. We all know first-hand the impact severe weather can have, whether it is flooding, winter weather or heat advisory. No matter what the disaster is, there are simple preparedness steps that anyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones in a time of need. To assist the community with this effort the Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (IL-IN-WI RCPT) has launched Gear Up, Get Ready campaign to encourage households to take key steps in family preparedness. This mission encompasses 19 counties and communities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

By taking a few simple steps ahead of time, you and your family can be ready when disaster strikes:

  1. Make a Family Emergency Plan decide how you will reconnect with each other, list important information and phone numbers and discuss the plan with all members and post it in your home where visitors can view it. 
  2. Gather supplies for an Emergency Kit and put them in one place to meet your family’s needs for three days. You may already have three days of food already within your home. Top five items include, water, non-perishable food, battery powered radio, flashlight & extra batteries and a first aid kit. Be sure to meet the specific needs of your family and pets. 
Simple templates for Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Contact Cards as well as Emergency Kit checklists are available at www.GearUpGetReady.org


211 in McHenry County

The 211 service streamlines access to health and human services for McHenry County residents. When an individual needs information or referral services for which they have little or no prior knowledge or experience, dialing 211 is a simple option. Once the individual dials 211, they will be connected to a call center where they will speak to a professional information and referral specialist who will refer or connect the caller to the appropriate agency.

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