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The weather is hot and your power is out: Now what do you do?

HYATTSVILLE, MD – JUNE 30, 2012: One-year-old Danny Melendez and his mother rest on cots in a Red Cross shelter set up at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD after heavy storms in the Washington, DC region knocked out power to their apartment building, June 30, 2012. The storm has left more than a million people in the greater Washington, DC area without power. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Millions are still without power after storms hit the central and eastern United States last weekend. Dealing with a heat wave is hard enough, particularly for the elderly and families with small children, but when you combine excessive heat with a lack of electrical power the situation can go from difficult to deadly.

We usually look forward to a storm when it is hot out. It usually helps bring the temperature down and clears the air, but when severe winds are involved power lines can go down and things go from bad to worse very quickly.

If your power is out and you don’t have a back up generator handy you are in deep world of pain. For those who depend on electricity to get water from their wells bottled water goes from being a luxury item to one of necessity.

What can you do to try and stay cool without air-conditioning?

Many are taking shelter in nearby hotels or staying with friends and neighbors who still have power, but what if you aren’t able to do that? Temperatures are expected to stay in the 90’s through the rest of the week.

Things you can do to help you cope with the heat until your power comes back on.

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Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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