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   Beat this Texas Heat!

One of the most deadly weather phenomena to hit our region each summer is heat. Many people do not realize how deadly heat can be. In contrast to the visible, destructive, and violent nature of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods, heat is a silent killer. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities.

Extreme Heat Safety

    How to Prepare

Listen to local weather forecast and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.

Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.

If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls etc).

Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.

    What to do during a Heat Wave

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or news outlets for critical updates from the National Weather Service.

Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles! “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat!”

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Eat small meals and eat more often. Some foods can increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and can help your body maintain normal temperatures.

Slow down, stay in the coolest place available (not necessarily indoors) and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Strenuous and outdoor activates should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.

Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditions, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by heat.

Check on your animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.


For additional information check out this heat safety website:




Siren Information

The City of Garland outdoor warning siren system is active! if you would like more information about the outdoor warning sirens in Garland, such as when they are activated, testing schedules, or you just want more information, please click here.