FEMA encourages caution over impending national heat wave

FEMA encourages caution over impending national heat wave

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging people across the country to be cautious of nation-wide higher-than-average heat and humidity waves.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced "dangerously hot and humid conditions" are expected across the nation this week. Additionally, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says most of the nation will be facing well-above-average summer temperatures.

According to the CDC, heat kills more people than hurricanes, lighting, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.

FEMA is urging residents to take cautionary action, such as postponing outdoor activities, limiting sun exposure, drinking water while limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, dressing in loose clothing, and spending the hottest parts of the day in temperature controlled places.

FEMA also suggests downloading the free FEMA app for Android and iOS for up-to-the-minute weather alerts and other resources. 

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