Alert Carolina: Informational – Excessive Heat Warning

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:  

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for parts of Central North Carolina, including Orange County, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. today, July 5. An excessive heat warning means the temperature will be dangerously high. There will be a high temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit with heat index values of around 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Use caution if you have outdoor plans. Stay hydrated and limit exposure during the hottest time of the day. Download the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool smartphone app to find out the specific conditions at your location.  

If you or someone is experiencing any signs of heat-related illness, dial 911 immediately. Cool the affected individual right away with water or ice and stay with them until help arrives. Signs of heat-related illness may include:  

  • elevated body temperature  
  • rapid heart rate  
  • headache  
  • nausea  
  • weakness  
  • dizziness  
  • fainting  
  • muscle cramps  
  • seizures  
  • confusion 
  • slurred speech  

For emergency air conditioner repairs on campus, call UNC Facilities Services Customer Service line at 919-962-3456. For any power outages on campus, contact UNC Police Dispatch at 919-962-8100.  

Tips for staying cool:

  • Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty – at least 1 cup every 20 minutes 
  • Limit your time outdoors and take extra precautions if you do need to go outside 
  • Take breaks in a shady or cool location  
  • Dress in loose, light-colored clothing  
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these contribute to dehydration  
  • Closely monitor yourself and those around you for signs of heat-related illness  

For more information on excessive heat and how to stay safe, visit the heat-related websites of UNC Environment, Health, and Safety and the National Weather Service.  

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