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Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. This website provides easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations to assist ongoing outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat events.
Know the warning signs and symptoms
Health threats from extreme heat
Fact sheets in multiple languages
Oregon Weather Alerts (NOAA)
Frequently Asked Questions
Muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do:
Infants and young children
Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of extreme heat, and must rely on other people to keep them cool and hydrated.
People with chronic medical conditions
People of any age with a chronic medical condition are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category need the following information:
Athletes and outdoor sports enthusiasts
People who exercise in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness. STOP all activity and get to a cool environment if you feel faint or weak.
People who work outdoors, whether as a source of income or for DIY home projects and landscaping, are more likely to become dehydrated. This makes them more likely to get heat-related illness. STOP all activity and get to a cool environment if you feel faint or weak.
Heat and low income
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