Back to talking about natural disasters.  

In the past, I talked about Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. These can be brought on by heatwaves, which everyone in Australia should be acquainted with by now. This occur when the weather gets above 37 degrees Celsius and lasts three days or more. Australian heatwaves have caused the greatest loss of live for any natural disaster excluding diseases.

To combat a heatwave:

  • Before a heatwave
    • Consult a doctor if you have medical conditions that could be affected by heatwaves
    • Plan ahead to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc.
    • Make simple adjustments to your home to make it cooler (install awnings, blinds, etc.)
    • Make sure your air conditioners are serviced and working before summer starts
    • Prepare alternative power sources in case of a heatwave blackout.
    • Prepare a bushfire kit as a heatwave may prelude a bushfire.
  • Stay hydrated
    • Drink plenty of water often
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and high sugar drinks
    • Eat less food, but more often
  • Keep cool
    • Find shade, avoiding hot, closed off spaces
    • Wear light, loose, breathable clothing
    • Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10 am – 3 pm)
    • Avoid strenuous activities
    • Do the same for your pets. They’re probably hot too.
  • Stay connected
    • Look after yourself
    • Check on friends, family, and neighbors; especially if they are sick or frail
    • Keep updated with the news

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has a page for Heatwave Assessments and Forecasts to help you keep updated and prepared for a heatwave. Again, all of these are predictions and not one hundred percent accurate, so you should prepare for a heatwave beforehand.

QFES Heatwave Page: https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/dealing-disasters/disaster-types/heatwave

BOM Heatwave Assessment/Forecast: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave/ First Aid Brisbane Blog Post: https://www.firstaidbrisbane.com.au/blog/heat-exhaustion-and-heat-stroke?preview_id=19385&preview_nonce=a7ea42b641&preview=true

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