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Plan for Emergencies

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is dangerous because it can push your body temperature beyond its limits. If your body can’t cool itself fast enough, permanent damage or even death can occur. When there's a heat risk in New Orleans, the National Weather Service issues alerts. Sign up to receive emergency alerts.

‚ÄčHeat Advisory: the forecasted heat index* is higher than 108°F or the forecasted temperature is higher than 103°F for 1 to 2 days

Excessive Heat Warning: the forecasted heat index is higher than 113°F or the forecasted temperature is higher than 105°F for at least 2 days

*Heat Index: how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to air temperature

During extreme heat

Stay cool

  • Stay inside in air conditioning.
  • Go to air-conditioned places like a library, NORDC rec center, or mall.
  • Stay out of the sun and wear a hat. Take breaks often.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Don't leave your pets outside or in a car.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Remind others to drink water.

Stay informed

  • Stay informed about weather conditions.
  • Know the symptoms of heat illness.

Heat-related illnesses

Children under 4, adults over 65, and people who are overweight or ill are especially at risk of heat-related illnesses. Here’s how you can recognize heat-related illness and what you should do. 


What You Should Do

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting
  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Heat Stroke

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry, or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness 
  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.