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Posted on: August 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Heat Risk and High Winds Through Thursday, August 31

NWS High Winds - August 28, 2023

A weather system approaches late Tuesday (8/29) & Wednesday (8/30) bringing breezy, dry northerly winds. Increased fire weather concerns due to low humidity. While PG&E is on alert, no PSPS anticipated for Marin County for now. For your safety, Southern Marin Fire District urge all residents to stay informed, sign up for emergency alerts, and prepare themselves and their property from the possibility of wind and fire risk.

 

Please review additional safety information below:

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

STAY COOL

Do not leave children and pets unattended in vehicles

Limit outdoor activities

Stay in air-conditioned buildings and shelters or public cooling center 

Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing

Check on friends, family and neighbors who are sensitive to heat at least twice a day

 

STAY HYDRATED

Drink more water than usual

Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside

Avoid alcohol or drinks containing high amounts of sugar

Make sure family, friends and neighbors drink enough water

 

STAY INFORMED

Check local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips

Keep friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information

Recognize the signs of a heat illness (below) and if symptoms are severe or life threatening, call 911

 

KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS

Heat-related illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental factors, specifically heat exposure.

 

SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION

Weakness

Skin is cold, pale and clammy

Weak pulse

Fainting and vomiting

 

WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT EXHAUSTION

Move to a cooler location

Lie down and loosen clothing

Apply cool, wet clothes and cover as much of the body as possible

Drink plenty of water (avoid caffeine and alcohol)

If vomiting occurs and is continuous, seek medical attention immediately

 

SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE

High body temperature (above 103 degrees F)

Hot, red, dry or moist skin

Rapid and strong pulse

Possible unconsciousness

 

WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT STROKE

Call 911 immediately if symptoms present

Move the person to a cooler environment

Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath

Do NOT provide fluids.

Preparation can make a difference in avoiding heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Please review additional extreme heat preparation tipsrecommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

Power Outages/Downed Power Lines

Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 and PGE at 1-800-743-5002. Stay away from the downed powerlines and assume they are energized and dangerous. 

Check to make sure you have batteries, fully charged back-up battery packs for your devices, and a battery powered radio.

Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage.

Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.

Freeze water bottles or bags of water for food storage if the power goes out.

Have enough nonperishable food and water.

Make sure you can open your garage door if the power goes out.

 

If the power goes out:

Do not call 9-1-1 unless you are having a life-threatening emergency.

Call (800) 743-5002 or check the PG&E Outage Map for updates. 

Monitor local news for information and updates - local AM radio stations are a good source of information.

If you see a downed power line call 911 immediately. For more safety information about downed power lines visit PG&E's website.

 

Traffic & Road Closures

Flooding or fallen trees may cause traffic back-ups and road closures. Check the City of Mill Valley's Website and City of Sausalito's website for Road Closures and Traffic. 


Dial 9-1-1 For Life Threatening Emergencies Only:  

City Of Mill Valley’s emergency warning system is tested on the first Saturday of each month at noon. If you hear the siren at any other time, tune in to KCBS 740 AM and KGO 810AM and local tv stations for further information.

More Information: 

Latest Weather Conditions

Stay Informed With Alerts

Current Traffic Conditions

Power Outages

Downed Power Lines

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