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Heat Awareness

Be Ready for Hot Weather

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. and, in a normal year, more people die from heat-related illness than from floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.

Even if it doesn’t seem hot outside, the temperature on the inside of a vehicle can climb very quickly. The temperature can rise as much as 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. Leaving the windows cracked won’t do much of anything to keep the inside of the car cool. Make sure when you leave your vehicle for any period of time that no children or pets are still inside. Beat the heat – check the backseat!

Some basic things to remember when the mercury rises:

  • Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
    • Heat Exhaustion symptoms include heavy swearing, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, headache or fainting.
    • Heat Stroke symptoms are high body temperature, hot, red, dry skin, fast pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea or confusion.
  • Drink plenty of water, regularly.
  • Limit intake of alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid too much sunshine, and use a sunscreen high in SPF.
  • Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities.
  • Try to avoid being outdoors in the hottest portion of the day: 11AM-4PM.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay out of the sunshine on the lowest floor.

In Iowa, it gets hot in the summertime. Sometimes, very hot. Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures.

The best defense against heat-related illnesses is prevention. You can be prepared by knowing the symptoms of heat disorders and overexposure to the sun, and being ready to give first aid treatment.

Learn more by checking out this heat brochure.


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20 Weeks to Preparedness

Develop An Emergency Kit-SAFEGUARD Iowa Partnership

This emergency supplies calendar is intended to help you prepare for emergencies before they happen. Using the calendar, you can assemble an emergency supplies kit in small steps over a five-month period. Check off items you gather each week. Remember to change and replace perishable supplies by the expiration date. Suggested food purchases would provide meals for approximately three to five days.

Click on the link below to print off a copy of the list.


For more information visit Safeguard Iowa on Facebook, Twitter, or at

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Alert Iowa Weather Update-Includes NWS Link to Show Towns Impacted

Inspiron Logistics has updated their weather alerts. When a weather alert is received on someone’s phone in addition to the usual text an URL link will now be embedded in the message. If the URL is clicked on, a web browser message will appear that will show the entire script from the National Weather Service. This will include the towns impacted and potential impacts of the storm. This will provide a lot more detail to residents. Rather than just receiving an alert that says their county is impacted and not knowing what the impacts might be or if their town is going to be hit. 

Now is the time for residents to sign up for emergency alerts if they have not done so previously. Please visit the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency’s website at and click on the Alert Iowa button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. You can also type in the link below to register.


Sign up for emergency alerts for Jasper County.
Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TTY, and social media.




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testlighteningThe Alert Iowa system provides city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire city. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS/Alert Iowa Alerts to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued. Sign up here
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