Don'ts for Dealing with Extreme Weather Events and Health

Don’t Ignore Warnings: Take weather warnings seriously and avoid disregarding evacuation orders. Ignoring warnings can put your life and the lives of others at risk.

Don’t Leave Pets Behind: If evacuating, don’t leave pets behind. Make arrangements to evacuate with your pets or find pet-friendly shelters in advance.

Don’t Overexert Yourself: Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during extreme heat or severe weather. Overexertion in high temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses.

Don’t Drive Through Floodwaters: Never attempt to drive, walk, or swim through floodwaters. Turn around and find an alternate route to avoid getting trapped or swept away.

Don’t Rely on Unverified Information: Stick to trusted sources of information such as local government websites, weather agencies, and reputable news outlets. Avoid spreading rumors or unverified information during emergencies.

Don’t Neglect Mental Health: Extreme weather events can be stressful and traumatic. Don’t hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Don’t Forget to Replenish Supplies: After an extreme weather event, don’t forget to replenish your emergency supplies and restock your emergency kit to be prepared for future emergencies.