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Extreme Weather Campaign

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El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF) 

The EWTF provides free fans to qualified individuals. In addition, the task force provides education for the community about the necessary steps to be prepared and protected from the effects of severe weather. EWTF encourages the “Buddy System” through the community to check on their neighbors and elderly family members.  Call 2-1-1 to request or donate a fan.


PREPARE FOR THE WIND

Windy weather and dust storms can affect our health and safety.  When winds are sustained at 40mph damage is possible. During strong thunderstorms wind speeds can exceed 100MPH. High winds can blow objects around and pose a significant threat to your safety.

Follow these tips to stay safe during the windy months ahead.

DURING A WIND OR DUST STORM

AFTER A WIND OR DUST STORM

PROTECT YOUR BODY FROM THE WIND

  1. Hydrate: Keep your fluid intake high to ensure your skin is prepared from the inside out.
  2. Moisturize: Skin can benefit from additional moisture in windy conditions. Remember to use oil based creams and lip balm during the windy season.
  3. Bundle Up: Winds are damaging to skin, so keep out of the elements as much as possible. While outdoors, wear gloves, hats, and other warm clothing. If you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, consider the use of a ski mask.

RESOURCES

Helpful Websites for Extreme Weather