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Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Temperatures are rising across the country and many cities are feeling the heat of 100 degrees or more. With the addition of humidity, some areas will begin to experience extreme heat. During extreme heat, it is important to stay cool.

Extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquakes combined. Heat related illnesses occur when the body is not able to compensate and properly cool itself. The great news is extreme heat is preventable by following a few tips:

Even though we live inland a few hundred miles we can still have issues associated with hurricanes. The biggest problem with hurricanes in our part of central Alabama is spin-off tornadoes. Each year the National Weather Service promotes National Hurricane Preparedness Week. This year National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 6-12.

UAB Emergency Management encourages everyone to make sure you are prepared for hurricanes, high winds, spin–off tornadoes, and flooding. To help with your preparedness efforts, UAB Emergency Management has prepared checklists that you can take with you to the store to help gather the supplies needed. Also, the National Weather Service has additional information where you can determine your risk, developing an evacuation plan, strengthening your home, and other important information.

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Photo of Erroll CammackEHS proudly recognizes Mr. Erroll Cammack and his 35 years of service at UAB. He first came to UAB in 1982 when there were only two people in his department. Mr. Cammack said a lot has changed over the years from having to call for packages and waste pickup to having a more automated system today. Additionally, he said diversity has grown as well over the years. 

"I love my job...the last 34 years have been amazing and I have come to learn things and meet new people. This job has meant everything to me and I am grateful to have 35 years with a great company like UAB."

Thank you for your service, commitment, and dedication to UAB and the success of its mission and vision.