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Indianapolis, along with most of the nation is experience an intense heat wave over the next several days.  Temperatures nearing or exceeding 100 are expected as we get into the weekend.  To help the community, Afternoons with Amos talked with Elia James of the city’s Division of Homeland Security about steps people can take to be careful during this current heat wave.

Click the Arrow Below to hear Amos’ Interview with Homeland Security on tips to stay safe during the heat wave.  Read more heat fighting tips below. Runs 12 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.

Among other tips: Staying properly hydrated, limiting extraneous activity or exercise, staying inside air conditioning as much as possible, and going to air conditioned public places like libraries, shopping centers, and community centers. If possible, stay with family or friends who have an air conditioned home. Homeland Security also is concerned about heat stroke, a very dangerous condition that results from excessive exposure to high temperatures. Symptoms can include a throbbing headache, nausea, dizziness and confusion, and can ultimately result in unconsciousness or death.  The Division of Homeland Security encourages residents to call the 2-1-1 Help Line to know where cooling centers are located or for more info on beating the heat.