September 25, 2005
State health officials said today that high temperatures and humidity in Southeast Texas can increase the danger for Hurricane Rita evacuees who return to their homes before local officials say they should.
"High temperatures, high humidity, no electricity for air conditioning or fans, no drinkable water, limited emergency services — it's a dangerous mix," warned Texas State Health Services Commissioner Eduardo Sanchez.
"It's one more reason evacuees should stay put until the cities and counties are ready for them. Don't put yourself or your family in unnecessary danger," he said.
Noting the high-90s and triple-digit thermometer readings throughout most of Texas, Sanchez advised, "Take it easy. Don't overdo it. Drink plenty of water."
( News media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, or Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-532-4971.)