Take Frequent Breaks and Stay Hydrated During Cleanup; Ninety Degree Temperatures Forecasted for Northwest Michigan

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-324-2304
Agency: State Police

News Release No. 2 – Aug. 14, 2015 – 2 p.m.

Lansing, Mich. – With this weekend’s temperatures expected to be extremely warm in northwest Michigan, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is reminding anyone removing and clearing debris to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures close to 90 degrees and possibly warmer through at least Monday. 

“Excessively warm temperatures can be potentially life-threatening,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “If you’re working outside this weekend, drink plenty of water and pace yourself.”

To prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly or have health concerns, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.

Citizens are reminded to monitor local media or listen to their NOAA Weather Radios for the latest weather forecasts. To learn more about being safe during warm temperatures, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS

About the Disaster

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a "state of disaster" on Aug. 10 for Grand Traverse County. By declaring a "state of disaster," the state of Michigan has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area.

The SEOC is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the SEOC is overseen by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government.  The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.