Experts Share Precautions For At-Risk Oklahomans Amidst Dangerous Heat Wave

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 9:46 pm
By: Grant Stephens

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The dangerously hot weather in Green Country, with the heat index above 100 degrees Tuesday, is showing no signs of letting up soon.

While some are finding ways to stay cool, experts said this weather can be deadly.

EMSA said on Tuesday alone it responded to at least five heat-related calls. Since last Thursday, paramedics have responded to at least 26 heat-related calls.

Dementia Consultant Cheryl Doyle is especially concerned for people who have trouble fending for themselves.

“Dehydration is huge. Because even when we’re not dealing with these extreme temperatures, trying to keep somebody hydrated who has dementia can be very difficult," Doyle said.

She recommends lots of check-ups, reminders, and visual cues.

"It could be, if somebody is not able to communicate, then you’ll do more visual cues. So, it could be, ‘Would you like a glass of water, or would you like a cup of tea?'" she said.

Jacob Guinan with the Alzheimer's Association said regular check-ins, or electronic door monitors could help recover a missing loved one quicker and prevent heat exhaustion.

“Prevent wandering which can be extremely harmful and even deadly during times of high temperatures," Guinan said. “And it’s really prevalent, about six in ten people with dementia will wander.”

Doyle and Guinan also recommend having an updated photo of your loved one in case they get lost.

“Planning for dealing with extreme heat is important for all families but it’s especially important for families living with dementia," Guinan said.

Three cooling stations are open in Tulsa for anyone who needs shelter from the high temperatures.

  1. Tulsa County Social Services, 2401 Charles Page Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  2. John 3:16 Mission, 506 N. Cheyenne, open 24/7
  3. Salvation Army Center Of Hope, 102 N. Denver Avenue, open 24/7