Citizens of San Antonio are no strangers to high temperatures and humidity during the summer months. Every year, people across the country die due to heat-related illness, so it’s important to know what you can do to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has implemented the “Beat the Heat” campaign in order to educate the community of the dangers and precautions that can be taken during excessive heat.
Below you will find basic information on heat injury prevention as well as resources available to the community to assist with staying cool.
TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT
As temperatures begin to rise, be especially mindful of summertime activity, whether playing or working. To prevent heat-related illness
Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
Check on the elderly. Take the initiative to visit seniors to look for signs of heat-related illnesses. It takes the elderly nearly twice the time of younger people to return to core body temperature after exposure to extreme temperatures. A phone call to the frail elderly is not sufficient to determine the condition of the senior or the home.
Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
NEVER children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle, even for a short period of time!
A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc.
Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air-conditioned.
Electric fans should only be used in conjunction with an air conditioner. A fan can't change the temperature of a room; it can only accelerate air movement, and will accelerate the body's overheating.
Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.
Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
Keep informed by listening to local weather and news.
Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information. For more information on extreme heat, visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
Save the Date!
Our next meeting is July 9th.
Dues are being collected now.
A family can join for $15 a year or individual memberships are $10 a year.
Money raised goes to various JNA projects to help our community.
Click on the membership application button above for more information.
WHAT IS THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
SA Tomorrow is the City's 25-year framework that guides future growth and development. Adopted by City Council in August 2016, it addresses a wide range of topics that affect how we experience the city. These topics include land use, economic development, housing, environmental protection, cultural and historic preservation, transportation, and more. The City's Planning Department has launched an effort to begin implementing the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of the community.
The next JNA meeting will be on July 9th at 7PM.
We meet at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, Donaldson and Wilson Streets, across from Thomas Jefferson High School.
We'll vote on the proposed revisions for our by-laws.
Refreshments will be served.
The JNA newsletter will no longer be added to our website. A generic version will be available that includes information about our group and a membership application.
To receive a bi-monthly newsletter, please join our group.
Get On Board
At our July 9th meeting, we'll vote on the changes.
The revisions are now on line under the by-laws section.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
There are multiple ways to engage in the process and help shape the future of your City.
Attend a public meeting.
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JOIN US DURING OUR CELEBRATION OF THE CITY’S 300TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2018
That’s when we will pay tribute to the colorful and unforgettable 300 years since settlers first came here, while looking forward to our shining future directly ahead. We hope you’ll accept our invitation to be part of this exciting and historic celebration.
WHAT WILL THE 300TH CELEBRATION INCLUDE?
Exciting and engaging events that hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors will get to see, do, and enjoy throughout 2018. Together, we’ll explore, discover, and celebrate where our great city has been and what is ahead of us.
WE WILL HONOR OUR CITY’S VIVID STORIES OF HISTORY, ART, CULTURE, HEROISM, INNOVATION AND ACHIEVEMENT
We will highlight the many times we made our mark on the world’s stage. These chapters and pages of San Antonio’s narrative will come to life through various events around the city.
THE MOMENTUM BEHIND THIS CELEBRATION IS RISING
With each day, the anticipation builds. San Antonio is poised to make history again, and we hope you will be a part of it!
Centro des Artes Building
101 S. Santa Rosa Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78207
You can also find information about the JNA on Neighborhood
Link. Enter www.neighborhoodlink.com. Put in 78201 and
click on Jefferson Neighborhood Association.
By-Laws revisions to be voted on at our July 9th meeting.
San Antonio Moves into Stage 2 Watering Rules
Dry, hot weather hitting aquifer levels hard
San Antonio has been under Stage 1 drought restrictions for less than a month, but dry, hot conditions have caused the Edwards Aquifer 10-day average to drop to 650 feet, requiring Stage 2 water restrictions.
Per city ordinance, City Manager Sheryl Sculley in consultation with Robert R. Puente, president/CEO of San Antonio Water System, declared Stage 2 management rules are in effect as of Tuesday June 12, 2018.
Stage 2 of the city's drought plan is triggered when the 10-day average of the Edwards Aquifer at the J-17 monitoring well drops to 650 feet or below. According to the city's Aquifer Management Plan ordinance, coming out of drought stages can be considered 15 days after the aquifer is above the trigger.
Puente notes that the watering restrictions are not suggestions – they are municipal laws that will be enforced.
"During drought, SAWS focuses on education. Now that we have been in restrictions for three weeks, our customers have had the opportunity to get accustomed to drought rules once again," he said. "Contracted police officers are patrolling and they can issue citations if they witness violations."
Watering days stay the same in Stage 2 as in Stage 1, however the hours during which watering is allowed are shortened. Watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated day. Watering with a hand-held hose is still allowed any time on any day.
Watering days are determined by the last number of your address:
0 or 1 – Monday
2 or 3 – Tuesday
4 or 5 – Wednesday
6 or 7 – Thursday
8 or 9 – Friday
No watering on the weekends
If you observe water waste, the best way to report it is online at saws.org/waterwaste. Customers can also call SAWS Conservation at 210-704-SAVE (210-704-7283). Please provide as much information as possible, including location, time of day, a brief description of the problem, and how long it has been going on.
For more information about the ordinance and Stage 2 watering rules, visit saws.org/drought.