Skip to main content

State Police Urges Michiganders to Take Precautions During Extreme Heat

With heat indexes expected to exceed 100 degrees across much of lower Michigan Tuesday and Wednesday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents and visitors to stay protected during the extreme heat.

“High heat and humidity can put additional stress on the body, which could potentially be life-threatening,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and commander of EMHSD. “We’re asking that people take precautions during this time and check on the most vulnerable members of their community.”

To prepare for extreme heat:
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
• Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or have other health risks, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
• Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
• Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.

To prevent heat illness:
• Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks that cause dehydration.
• Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
• Limit vigorous activity.
• If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
• Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.

To learn more about how to stay safe during extreme heat, visit or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.