By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

Everything you need to prepare for a extreme heat & hot weather including a checklist, equipment and supplies. Knowing how to prepare for a extreme heat can save your life.



TannerTanner: Former aerospace engineer who specialized in hypergolic propellants. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammo.







How To Prepare For Extreme Heat & Hot Weather

Extreme heat & hot weather can be dangerous and life-threatening if you don't take the proper precautions.




Knowing how to prepare and taking all the right precautions to protect yourself and you loved ones can give you peace of mind.


Hot Weather Dangers

  1. Dehydration
  2. Burning of the skin
  3. Heat stroke


Equipment & Supplies

Buy these items well before the hot weather arrives. 

  1. Emergency power generator (Emergency Generators )
  2. Survival kit/ bug out bags (Executive 72-hour Kit with Solar Upgrade)
  3. Food (MRE's)
  4. Water (Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage)
  5. Emergency lights (Emergency Lighting)
  6. Emergency radio (Emergency Radios)
  7. Two large coolers: One for drinks & one for food
  8. Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your electronics.(UPS)


Emergency Kits

Make, stock up or verify the fully stocked status of each of your emergency kits.

  1. Car back pack, car first aid kit (first aid kit ), auto tool kit (tool kit ) and car contents.
  2. Emergency evacuation backpack
  3. Food emergency kit
  4. Dog/pet emergency kit
  5. Hurricane emergency Kit - (72-hour Survival Kits) Make sure your extreme heat & hot weather kit includes: Flashlights & extra bulbs, Battery-operated radio, Battery-operated lanterns, Batteries (in different sizes!), Matches, First aid kit, Duct tape, Rain gear, Clock (wind-up or battery-powered), Plastic garbage bags, Fire extinguisher, Scissors, Can Opener, Clean clothes, Extra blankets, Heavy gloves.




  1. Make a weather plan.

  2. Have a home inspection performed on you house to identify weakness and deficiencies in your house's ability to protect you from the heat.

  3. Investigate whether to replace your doors and windows and doors to better insulate your house.

  4. Find out how to keep food safe during and after hot weather conditions.

  5. Transportation may be disrupted after an extreme heat & hot weather, keep emergency supplies (food, liquids, comfortable shoes) at work, in your car and at home.

  6. Identify your closest fire and police stations and emergency medical facility.

  7. Coordinate your emergency extreme heat & hot weather plans with your neighbors.

  8. TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.

  9. Stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.


Prepare Your House

  1. Upgrade the insulation of your house.

  2. Weather-strip all doors and windows or inspect as required.

  3. Insulate around window air conditioners.

  4. Inspect air conditioning ducts for leaks or needed repair.

  5. Make and install temporary window reflectors for use between the windows and drapes. Aluminum foil-covered cardboard works well to reflect heat back outside.

  6. Install appropriate window coverings such as drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.

  7. Install storm windows.

  8. Inspect your roof for integrity and loose shingles. Repair as needed.
  9. Install an emergency power generator. Test it to make sure it works. Get plenty of fuel.
  10. Perform any needed weatherproofing or repairs to home, yard area and fence.


Prepare Your Car

  1. Perform maintenance on your car to make sure it's "ready to go" in case you have to evacuate. Check tire pressure, oil level, radiator level, washer level. Verify car running condition.
  2. Fill your tank up with gas.
  3. Get spare gas cans and fill them up in case of gas shortage after the extreme heat & hot weather.
  4. Park your car in the garage, sheltered location or the most protected and highest elevated ground possible.
  5. Secure all of your cars important paperwork to somewhere safe.
  6. Verify car contents. Fully equip your car. See What Should I Keep In My Car?
  7. Make sure your car insurance is up to date and in force.


Before It Gets Hot

  1. Double check your emergency kits and supplies (food, water, flashlights, weather radio, batteries, etc.)
  2. Identify battery powered appliances and tools and stock up on all applicable batteries. Fully charge all chargeable batteries (Solar Battery Charger)
  3. Get extra cash. Get small bills, ones, 5's, 10's, 20's and 50's at the bank.
  4. Plan for your pets.
  5. Monitor emergency broadcasts.
  6. Fill all bottles, bathtubs and containers with water. This is a neat bathtub water storage device.. waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage.
  7. Verify Clorox in house.
  8. Wash all clothing and sheets.
  9. Verify pet medications, if applicable.
  10. Call family and friends to notify of intentions.
  11. Verify supply of tape/tapes
  12. Verify supply of tarps and roofing nails for repairs after the extreme heat & hot weather.
  13. Make/buy ice. Stock your freezer and coolers.
  14. Extra supply of medicines for each family member (and pets)


During The Extreme Heat

  1. Listen to the radio or TV for weather updates.
  2. Stay inside as much as possible.
  3. Stay out of the sunshine as much as possible.
  4. Limit your activities in hot weather. Avoid strenuous work. If you have to work outside drink plenty of water and use the buddy system.
  5. Uses fans whenever possible.
  6. Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty.
  7. Avoid caffeinated drinks.
  8. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  9. Dress appropriately for hot weather.
  10. Check on your animals frequently.