Omaha in excessive heat warning until Friday night

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 15:02:54-04
With temperatures expected to reach as high as 100 degrees this week, beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Omaha will be in an excessive heat warning until Friday night. Earlier this week, the Douglas County Health Department issued a release on how Omahans can stay safe and avoid heat-related incidents. 
Below is the full list of tips. 
  • NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty, and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
  • Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention.
  • Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
  • A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.

It also helps to know the symptoms of a heat-related illness. 

According to WeatherNation, the signs of heat exhaustion are a mild headache, cool or pale skin, heavy sweating, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting. 

The signs of heat stroke, which is more serious than heat exhaustion, are a throbbing headache, confusion, irritability, hot skin, nausea and vomiting. It is recommended you call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe someone is having a heat stroke. 

In addition, the Omaha Salvation Army will have cooling stations open at the following locations: 

Burrows Center lobby, 6101 Northwest Radial Highway, 402-898-6090, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. 

Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., 402-905-3500, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays

North Corps, 2424 Pratt St., 402-451-4048, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.