WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF DAYS WITH EXCESSIVE HEAT, THE SALVATION ARMY IS IN NEED OF BOTTLED WATER
The Salvation Army expects to run out of water by the end of the week
Groups and individuals interested in donating, may drop off cases of water at 2900 Palomino Lane or 35 West Owens
WHAT: The Salvation Army is in need of bottled water. In response to a record number of days of excessive heat in June and July, The Salvation Army Southern Nevada has distributed water to those in need at a record pace. With less than three pallets of bottled water currently available for distribution, The Salvation Army expects to run out of water by the end of the week and needs the public’s assistance.
Without additional water, thousands of homeless and underprivileged Las Vegans will be in danger of becoming dehydrated and suffering the dangers of heat, including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sun poisoning and heat cramps.
WHERE: Groups and individuals interested in donating unopened bottled water, may drop off cases at the below locations.
The Salvation Army Administration
2900 Palomino Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
The Salvation Army Social Services Campus
35 West Owens, N Las Vegas, NV 89030
WHEN: Donations and unopened bottled water are accepted daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmysouthernnevada.org or call 702-870-4430.
MORE INFO: The Dangers of Heat:
Sun poisoning or Sun burn
These can be a lot more serious that people realize. People may be dehydrated and not know how much fluid they need to replenish. Second and third-degree burns can result from over exposure to sun, and to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours. If you do burn, avoid products labeled 'aloe vera gel' because many do not contain Aloe Vera and are actually petroleum products that keep heat in.
Symptoms include painful, involuntary muscle spasms from heavy exercise or strenuous physical activity in the heat. To remedy, drink juice or sports drink to replenish fluids and electrolytes.
This is the second most serious problem associated with over exposure to heat. Symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid pulse, faintness, dizziness, and exhaustion is caused by exposure to high heat and strenuous physical activity.
To treat: rest in a cool place, rehydrate with cool water or sports drinks, cool down with a cool shower or cool, wet towels.
Heatstroke is the most serious problem of exposure to heat and can be life threatening. Symptoms include high body temperature, altered mental state, nausea, vomiting, caused by exposure to a hot environment and strenuous activity. In instances of heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Medical personnel will try to lower a person's body temperature as quickly as possible through immersion in cold water, cooling blankets or ice packs.
People make poor choices because they don't feel too hot. Drink eight to 12 glasses of water per day and to increase that by three glasses for every five degrees the temperature is above 100 degrees. Sodas and alcohol do not keep the body hydrated, so they should be avoided.
ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.