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Summer travel emergency preparedness tips

Planning a summer road trip? Be sure to service your vehicle beforehand and pack emergency supplies for each family member, including:

  • Plenty of water and non-perishable snacks (e.g. nuts, crackers, fruit, granola bars)
  • Games and stuffed animals
  • First aid kit, medications, and sunscreen
  • Jumper cables, car jack, and spare tire 
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Extra cash

Don't forget supplies for your pets! For more information and a checklist, visit MakeItThrough.org.

Summer weather safety

Extreme heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (two to three days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.

There are practical things you can do to keep yourself, family, and pets safe during summer heat. Remember that:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

So, it is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced a handy infographic for understanding the warning signs and symptoms of heat illness, and recommended first aid steps. Public Health-Seattle & King County provides additional tips and resources for staying safe and cool.


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