If you have felt like temperatures in your area have been unusually high over the past couple of weeks, you’re not alone. According to multiple news sources including CNN and CBS, “a record-breaking heat wave is sweeping across the United States” and 80%-90% of the population will experience “heat of at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit” between now and the end of the week. On Sunday, July 12th, Death Valley hit 128 degrees, “the hottest temperature on the planet since 2017.” High temperatures are predicted to continue nationwide through the end of July.
Many of us are already avoiding the heat by staying indoors and working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions, but our recent homebody habits could prove problematic. A high number of people running their air conditioners, or running them much longer, can put strain on the electrical power supply, leading to power outages. Not only can this affect individuals, but healthcare facilities as well – many of which are already operating under crisis-level conditions due to coronavirus.
Heat waves are just one of many emergency situations for which you should prepare, and a few key ways individuals and healthcare facilities can reinforce their emergency preparedness plans include:
• Maintaining emergency kits with various supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, and cell phone chargers with backup batteries in case of a power outage.
• Keeping nutritious, easy-to-prepare food as part of their emergency kits and meal plans. In addition to our award winning turnkey healthcare plan, Meals for All’s Residential Kit includes complete meals for six people, with 3-day and 7-day menu options available.
• Ensuring they have emergency water on-hand, such as Blue Can Water – pure, shelf-stable drinking water in easy-to-store/transport aluminum cans.
Contact a consultant today for more information about our Residential Kit and Blue Can Water: https://mealsforall.com/contact-us/
Then check out FEMA’s full Emergency Supply List for everything they recommend for packing an emergency kit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit