The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Department of Health is advising the community to prepare for upcoming high temperatures and humidity this week. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, facilities that are normally used as cooling centers are not available to provide this service. Please call elders in your family or other high-risk individuals to check on them to make sure they are okay.

While extreme heat and humidity can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for:
• Older adults;
• Infants and young children;
• People with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses;
• People who work in the heat;
• People who exercise in the heat;
• Homeless people; and
• Low-income earners

Heat illnesses are preventable. Some tips for staying cool in the heat include:
• Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
• Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
• Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in the oven.
• Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of breathable fabric.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance at 613-575-2000 if someone has a high body temperature, is unconscious or confused, or has stopped sweating.