Severe Weather Information

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Safety Tips During Extreme Heat

  • Stay indoors and avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
  • Keep your electric fans running.
  • Drink fluids--particularly water or juice--often, even if you do not feel thirsty.  This will help your body's thermostat stay cool.
  • Eat small, frequent meals.
  • Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.
  • Do not leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle.

Be Safe in the Sun - Safety tips from the American Academy of Dermatology

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear protective, tightly woven clothing, such as a long-sleeve shirt and pants.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible.
  • Avoid reflective surfaces, which can reflect up to 85% of the sun's damaging rays.
  • Protect children.  Minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen to children aged 6 months and older.
  • No shadow???? Seek the shade!  If your shadow is shorter than you are, you're likely to sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds.

Severe Weather Links:

The Weather Channel

Live Doppler Radar from WJRT TV-12 (Flint) or WOOD TV-8 (Grand Rapids)

The National Weather Service (Grand Rapids Office)

Winter Weather Information