(WMC) – The high heat index the Mid-South is experiencing could make moving in a challenge for University of Memphis students.
It's the first move-in day for the 2,000 students who signed up to live on campus. Meanwhile, a few Shelby County schools dismissed early because of the high heat.
Call it a "warm welcome" for incoming U of M students. The university has a plan to help relieve some of the burden so students and their families won't have to work so hard in the scorching heat and risk getting sick.
First, the school says university representatives will greet incoming students in the parking lots and provide drinks. That will help keep people from overheating.
A team of U of M volunteers, including students, professors, and groundskeepers will help students move in all their stuff to the residence halls.
The school is expecting some freshmen and other students to move in Thursday, but most students should be moving in on Friday.
Heat-related illness will be a real concern. The Shelby County Health Department provided this list of symptoms:
- Muscle Cramps
The department cautions that heat stroke can result in death or permanent disability if not treated immediately.
Click here for more information: http://shelbycountytn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18528.
Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially if you are going to be working outside.