Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable; however, people die by extreme heat every year. The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) accounts for temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle and cloud cover (solar radiation). The WBGT 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 (excluding holidays). THE WBGT and heat category is updated every hour. The emergency operation center is notified whenever the WBGT reaches heat category 5. Personnel should monitor the Emergency Operations Center messages on local media and adjust activities as advised. Outside Environmental Health work hours, range control should be contacted at (270) 798-3001 for the WBGT.
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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