MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS -- “It usually takes 8-12 weeks to get acclimated to the temperature here,” said Michael Quintana; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear representative; G-7 Mission Assurance. “We always talk about being prepared for earthquakes or floods but we also need to think about the heat, especially here.”
According to www.ready.marines.mil, extreme heat can be very dangerous. In high humidity and extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body is forced to exert itself in order to maintain a normal temperature. When that happens, the body can be pushed beyond its limits.
“When you’re in charge of people, knowing some of the signs and symptoms of heat stress is very important,” Quintana said. “Being aware of your environment and taking into account the time of year plays a huge role when it comes to avoiding heat related incidents.”
The most important step in being prepared is staying informed, learning different heat terminology, listening to local weather forecasts, and making a plan to keep oneself and loved ones safe from the effects of extreme heat. When preparing or dealing with an extreme heat situation, it’s important to: Avoid strenuous activity, insulate air ducts, weather-strip doors and window sills to keep cool air in, never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, drink plenty of water, stay inside as much as possible, and wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
According to Quintana, the installation will continue to have information booths set up at the main exchange, every Friday in September at 10 a.m. For additional information on properly planning for extreme heat situations, visit www.ready.marines.mil or contact the G-7 Mission Assurance branch at 830-1884.