Weather Safety & Health

Illnesses related to weather:

There are a number of illnesses whose appearance and development are related to weather elements. Colds, allergies, heat and cold-related illnesses as well as S.A.D. and skin cancer are some [...]

Colds and Influenza Virus

Colds and the influenza virus (commonly named as flu) are usually related to autumn and winter; they are linked to cold weather or to sudden temperature changes. These are two [...]

Allergies

Allergies - Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis: sneezing watery eyes runny noses congestion and itchiness in the nose, roof of mouth, throat, eyes and ears. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are triggered by allergens, substances that [...]

Heat-related illnesses

Heat-Related Illnesses- Extreme heat can kill by taxing the human body beyond its abilities to shed heat by circulation and sweating. When this happens, heat-related illness may develop. These include: Heat [...]

Cold-related illnesses

Cold related illnesses: When exposed to cold temperatures or a cool, damp environment for prolonged periods, your body's control mechanisms may fail to keep your body temperature normal. Cold weather can [...]

Skin cancer and other UV related disorders

Skin cancer: It is the most common form of human cancer. Since the 80's, we have become aware of the health threats posed by ozone depletion, which decreases our atmosphere's natural protection [...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The end of long sunny days, bright colors and green leaves, the arrival of cold blasts of wind and snow produce in some people depressing thoughts, which are a possible [...]

Precautions to take during:

In hazardous weather conditions, taking precautions and safety actions is key to prevent people from dying or getting seriously hurt. The first safety tip is not to underestimate the power [...]

In case of thunderstorm and lightning

You should... Monitor the radio, listening for severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Go to a small interior room on the lowest floor of your residence, school or office. Stay away from windows. If time [...]

In case of tornadoes...

At home: You should have an identified place to take shelter (underground area –basement- otherwise, an interior room). Stay away from windows. You should have an emergency alert weather radio, if available in [...]

In case of Hurricanes...

You MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane, so move on to land. If you live in an evacuation area, you should know your home’s susceptibility [...]

In case of Floods...

Stay away from areas subject to flooding: streams, creeks, and low areas. In urban areas, stay away from underpasses. Do not attempt to cross flooded areas in a car or truck: If [...]

In case of Rip Current...

Learn how to swim and know your ability to swim in ocean waters and strong currents. If possible, always swim at beaches staffed by lifeguards or beach patrols and heed their [...]

In case of Snowstorms...

Prepare a Winter Storm Plan: Have extra blankets at hand. Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water-resistant boots. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit [...]

In case of Avalanche...

Learn to recognize avalanche terrain and heed avalanche warnings. Avoid these areas. Prepare to travel in a group at all times. Every member needs proper equipment including a checked transceiver, shovel [...]