Take Care in the Heat; Most Vulnerable Hardest Hit



With much of southern Australia sweltering under the current heat and energy problems, Australian Red Cross is urging people to take care of themselves and those in the community who need extra help.

Red Cross South Australian Director Helen Connelly says the poor and most vulnerable are often the hardest hit by extreme weather.

“It is the young, the elderly, the sick and those without adequate housing that will continue to suffer most from the effects of a changing climate,”

“As extreme weather becomes more common, we will have to ensure that, as a community, we look out for those most vulnerable.

“It’s essential that communities are supported to adapt to the changing conditions. Adapting everything we do to a new and changing climate is a shared responsibility. No one person, group, business or government can do it alone.”

Severe heatwaves are forecast for much of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria today with Adelaide expecting a top of 42 degrees, Melbourne will reach 37 and Canberra 36.

Ms Connelly says Red Cross is urging everyone to take extra care.

“Heatwaves can be extremely dangerous. They not only affect your daily activities, but can be a serious risk to your health and wellbeing.

“Heatwaves and hot weather will more people in Australia than bushfires, cyclones and any other natural disaster, so it’s important to adapt your activities and have a plan to keep cool.”

“Whether it’s heat exhaustion or heat stroke, they’re especially dangerous for older people, young children and people with a medical condition. However, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself – and your family, friends, neighbours and pets – beat the heat and keep cool.”

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Go to the coolest place you can
  • Be aware of forecasts
  • Check in with people who are alone or at extra risk




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