HOT WEATHER STRATEGIES
These suggestions are almost all for folks who have shelter. Please donate water for those of us who trying to survive in tents. You can bring water to our house for pick-up.
Mom grew up in Idaho. She’d open all doors, window & curtains wide overnight, and rise at dawn to close everything tight. I did that last night. It’s fine in our house right now. She also taught us to either submerge or just put our forearms under cold water to bring down our body temperature. Take a cool bath. Keep some wet washcloths or hand towels in the fridge or freezer. Apply to forehead or wrap around the back of your neck, draped to the front. Keep trading towels. (A friend from Hawaii soak your whole sarong in water and wrap around your body / shoulders / head. Instant cooling. Repeat as needed. Even for sleeping.) Put a wet towel in front of but not blocking a fan so the air cools as it blows across the towel. Spray bottle filled with water, set on “fine” can be sprayed between you and the fan for a burst of evaporative coolness. Good luck! And drink a LOT of water and eat some salty stuff to balance your electrolytes. (I bought some Cheetos…)
Just got more from friends: If you must open windows, open the top of double-hung windows instead of the bottom to let out the hot air near the ceiling. Eat pickles for the salt, liquid, and the vinegar helps replace potassium lost in perspiration. Rinse your wrists. Get your feet wet. Wear wet clothes. Eat salty snacks.
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