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Surviving the Hot Weather Safety Facts and Tips

Heat illness includes a range of disorders that result when your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle. The human body is constantly engaged in a life-anddeath struggle to disperse the heat that it produces. If allowed to accumulate, the heat would quickly increase your body temperature beyond its comfortable 98.6° F.

Who is at risk?
Heat-related illness can affect anyone not used to hot weather, especially when it's combined with high humidity.
Those especially at risk:

  • Infants, young children, elderly and pets
  • Individuals with heart or circulatory problems or other long-term illness
  • Employees working in the heat
  • Athletes and people who like to exercise (especially beginners)
  • Individuals taking certain medications that alter sweat production
  • Alcoholics and drug abusers

Heatstroke

Heatstroke is the most serious and life-threatening heat-related illness. In certain circumstances, your body can build up too much heat, your temperature may rise to life-threatening levels, and you can become delirious or lose consciousness. If you do not rid your body of excess heat fast enough, it "cooks" the brain and other vital organs. It is often fatal, and those who do survive may have permanent damage to their vital organs.

Symptoms of heatstroke

  • The victim's body feels extremely hot when touched.
  • Altered mental status (behavior) ranging from slight confusion and disorientation to coma.
  • Conscious victims usually become irrational, agitated, or even aggressive and may have seizures.
  • In severe heatstroke, the victim can go into a coma in less than one hour. The longer the coma lasts, the lower the chance for survival.

What to do

  • Move person to a half-sitting position in the shade.
  • Call for emergency medical help immediately.
  • If humidity is below 75%, spray victim with water and vigorously fan. If humidity is above 75%, apply ice packs on neck, armpits or groin.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is characterized by heavy perspiration with normal or slightly above normal body temperatures. It is caused by water or salt depletion or both (severe dehydration). Heat exhaustion affects workers and athletes who do not drink enough fluids while working or exercising in hot environments.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion

  • Severe thirst, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea.
  • The affected person often mistakenly believes he or she has the flu.
  • Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heatstroke.

Other symptoms

  • Profuse sweating
  • Clammy or pale skin
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Normal or slightly above normal body temperature

What to do

  • Sit or lie down in the shade.
  • Drink cool water or a sports drink.

 

If persistent, gently apply wet towels and call for emergency medical help.

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  AB 109 REALIGNMENT INFORMATION

AB 109 (Chapter 15, Statutes of 2011) became effective on October 1, 2011. Beginning on October 1 all qualifying low level offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenses will begin serving their sentence at the local level rather than in state prison.

Below we have gathered information that has been distributed to our membership regarding realignment. Additionally, we have provided links to other helpful websites related to realignment.

  Video - Criminal Justice Realignment - What Counties Need To Know To Implement

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Criminal Justice Realignment Implementing Legislation 

 Reports

 CDCR Documents

 

Other Resources:

  • CSAC 
  • CPOC
  • CPCA
  • Joint Venture Program URL
  • CALREALIGNMENT.ORG -The CALrealignment.org website was developed as part of a state-wide conference on criminal justice realignment that was held on September 21 in Sacramento. The website will continue to present information on best practices, assist counties to access technical assistance providers, and make available county realignment plans as they are approved.

 

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is committed to ensuring that crime victims and survivors are afforded the utmost respect in exercising their legal rights after the offender(s) responsible for the crime committed against them is sentenced to CDCR’s jurisdiction. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) has a responsibility to support victims of all offenders under CDCR jurisdiction, whether juvenile or adult, incarcerated or on parole.

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VINE

We are pleased to inform you that $1.8 million has been included in the final 2012-13 budget package which was signed by Governor Brown. The goal is to have one single California VINE Statewide System that includes all 58 counties and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This is an ongoing process and should be completed in 2013.

 

VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone,email or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number. Click Here for More Information

 

For Counties: To view updates regarding California VINE; please link to: http://www.appriss.com/cavine/

 

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