How To Keep Your Cool, When the Heat Is On

The Black Coral Climate Change Survival Kit

What's in Your Climate Change Survival Kit?


Extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined! Sadly it is the most vulnerable in our communities who are its primary victims. The most susceptible are those 65 years of age and older, Children under 5 years old, people with existing medical problems like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes, and people without access to air conditioning. So being poor is just as dangerous when it comes to climate change as heaving a chronic illness!


There are some things it is useful to remember so the first thing one should have is a climate change extreme heat and Extreme cold checklists each has the ten tips of climate change survival which are as follows:


Extreme Heat Checklist

1.Keep Hydrated, Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water.

2.Avoid drinking alcohol or sugary drinks stick to H20 or your fave nutrient rich Flavored Water!

3.Avoid Direct Sunlight!

4.Do NOT rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.

5.Take cool showers or baths.

6. If you feel faint or dizzy call 911 or go to an air conditioned shelter or emergency room..

7.Wear Light-weight, light colored clothing.

8.Check local news for heat alerts.

9.Check For Symptoms of Heat Illness have cold pack on hand place back of neck

10. Avoid unnecessary Hard Work!


Extreme Cold Checklist

1.Emergency Burner Cell Phone with extra batteries!

2.Waterproof Matches

3.Flashlight with extra batteries or solar charger and battery

4.Water and Snack Food (Dried fruit and Dark Chocolate bars 70%-85% cocoa.)

A 1-ounce serving of dark chocolate, between 70% to 85% cacao solids, contains: Calories: 170. Protein: 2 grams. Fat: 12 grams.

5.Blanket

6.Check for symptoms of Hypothermia have Heating Pack on hand

place over heart, neck, head and groin.Use Skin to Skin body heat if necessary.

7.Have extra hats( Wool Beanie or Tuque) and mittens

8.Check for frostbite signs, waxy skin,white or gray yellowish skin,numbness.A person who has frostbite may not know they have it until someone else points it out because the frozen parts of their body are numb.

9.Remember to keep the body and clothes dry!

10.Perform CPR, even if the person appears dead. CPR should continue until the person responds or medical aid becomes available. Keep warming the person while performing CPR. In some cases, hypothermia victims who appear to be dead can be successfully resuscitated.


FIRST AID ITEMS

  • Band-Aids in several sizes

  • Elastic bandage (like an Ace wrap)A first-aid manual

  • Different sized sterile gauze pads

  • Adhesive tape

  • Antiseptic wipes

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)

  • Tweezers

  • Scissors

  • Disposable instant cold packs

  • Alcohol wipes

  • Plastic non-latex gloves

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • A blanket

  • Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be purchased at the drugstore)

  • Calamine lotion

  • A splint

  • Thermometer

  • Consider keeping Bayer aspirin in your first-aid kit, as well. Aspirin may be life-saving in an adult with chest pain. If you or someone else has new or unexplained chest pain or may be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately.