Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable; however, people die by extreme heat every year. The heat index is the "feels-like" temperature, or how hot it really feels when the relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. The heat index is monitored and reported by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Environmental Health and can be obtained by calling (270) 798-HEAT (4328) between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. This index is updated every hour. The emergency operation center is notified whenever the index gets to heat category 5. Personnel should monitor the Emergency Operations Center messages on local media and adjust activities as advised. Outside the workday Environmental Health hours, range control should be contacted at (270) 798-3001 for heat index.

For information on what to look for and what to do for heat-realted illness, tips, about extereme heat and more, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html ✪.

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