August 25, 2019

Heat advisory in effect

The following message is from the Office of Emergency Management & Safety

Extreme heat is in the forecast for at least the next seven days, affecting the entire region. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 90’s this week, with temperatures higher than 100 degrees Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Heat indices — in other words, the feels-like temperatures — will be 110 degrees at times. Precautions should be taken to ensure you stay safe in the hot weather.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) has released some tips to assist you during extreme heat:

  • Stay indoors, in air-conditioning, as much as possible. Limit your exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. If you must work during extreme heat, take frequent breaks.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids. Sports drinks can help replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.

If you believe you are experiencing heat-related illness symptoms (including profuse sweating, muscle pain, headache, dizziness, and/or clammy skin ), go indoors to a cool area immediately. Seek medical help by calling x4444 from any campus phone if your symptoms persist.

For more information, please call the Office of Emergency Management & Safety at 540-654-2108.