Safety: Preventing Heat Stress & Heat Exhaustion

With the hot summer season coming on it is important that we take a look at what heat can do to the body. You probably know how draining working in too much heat can be. But if the heat and humidity are very high there is danger of heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This is most likely to occur when the temperature is over 90° F or more. First aid for heat cramps and exhaustion can make the person much more comfortable, and able to return to normal activities more quickly. First aid for heat stoke can save a persons life.

By following a few simple steps you can help prevent over heating of the body. First, wear light breathable clothing and a hat to keep from getting overexposure from the sun. Sunglasses are also helpful when out in the sun all day. Second, drink water, and lots of it. While working in the heat you should drink at least a glass of water every 15 to 20 minutes. This works out to a gallon or so of water a day. Your body can loose as much as 3 gallons of water per day. Third, take breaks when you feel exhausted or overheated.

If you or someone you work with has some of the signs for heat stress (profuse sweating, clammy, flushed or pale skin, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid and shallow breathing, headache, vomiting, or fainting) it is important that you act quickly. First, move to a cool place and lay or sit down; second, drink cool water (you may add 1 teaspoon of salt per liter of water); third, fan the victim and loosen any tight clothing to improve circulation. Wait until symptoms are gone before returning to work.

If fainting or vomiting occur, or if the victim is delirious and feels hot and clammy to the touch, this may be a sign of heat stroke. First aid for heat stroke begins with cooling the person immediately. Pour cool water or ice packs on the victim, and get medical attention immediately. 20% of all heat stroke victims suffer permanent brain damage when proper medical attention is not delivered. Do not try to give the person water if they are vomiting or unconscious. Keep the victim calm and maintain their breathing until the paramedics arrive.

Too much heat can make people lose their concentration, get tired, or short tempered. Understanding how to deal with heat stress can help you avoid accidents and misunderstandings. Extreme heat can be bad for your health, so learning first aid for heat stress can be important to your health and well being.

To speak to a relocation specialist about a local or long distance move, give us a call for a free estimate at 1-866-392-5422 or check out our website at for additional information.

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Hurricane Florence Recovery

Carolina Strong!!! We are beyond grateful for the heroic acts of first responders who continue to risk everything to help our community.

Our thoughts & prayers are with everyone in the area working on repairs and recovery after Hurricane Florence. We will rebuild & recover together!

Coastal Carrier Moving & Storage has several trucks running to aid in local recovery efforts. Although, we are not back to 100% operational, we have trucks & crews working in areas that are accessible. To arrange a move you can contact us at or call us at 1-866-392-5422.

Check out some helpful resources and tips on recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence below.

To get FREE removal of trees, installation of tarps on roofs, etc. call NOW 800-451-1954

Homeless, Hungry, Stranded OR NOT SURE where to turn, call 211- Information Referral Service.

Post Hurricane: how to best deal with FEMA, Homeowners Insurance, NO INSURANCE, Flood Insurance etc, go to web: SBP – Hurricane Florence response

SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery nonprofit whose mission is to shrink the time between disaster and recovery.

will offer Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), water and tarps to residents starting Wed, operating daily from 7 am to 7 pm.

North POD – Formerly The Rock Church now College Park Elementary School at 5301 Sidbury Road, Castle Hayne NC 28429

Central POD – CFCC Downtown Main Campus
700 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

South POD – Veteran’s Park – 840 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28412

If you can volunteer, please open this link and select your date and time.

Cape Fear Volunteer Center – Hurricane Florence Relief


Please refer to NC DOT for all information about state road conditions and the safest routes into the Cape Fear region. Road conditions are changing day to day, if you must be out on the roads, make sure safety comes first.

North Carolina Department of Transportation


People with life-threatening emergencies should call 911.
New Hanover County: or call (910) 798-6800
Brunswick County: or call (910) 253-5383
Pender County:

New Hanover County residents from questions about anything that is not an emergency, including what to do if you are running out of medication, who to call if you have a tree blocking your driveway or on your home or even where to find mental health resources, can call the (910) 798-6800 number.


Reporting downed trees/flooding within Wilmington City limits

To report trees or tree limbs blocking roadways within city limits call: (910) 341-7852 (leave a message if no one answers)
To report flooding or other stormwater issues within city limits call: (910) 341-4646 (leave a message if no one answers)


Before returning home, survivors should make a cleanup kit that includes rubber gloves, cleaning products, bleach, sponges, goggles, spatula, rubber boots, odor-control products, trash bags, hydrogen peroxide, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointments and work towels.

Survivors should read these tips for staying safe BEFORE beginning the clean-up process.

Take precautions when returning home


If and when individual or public assistance money is approved for Hurricane Florence, it will be displayed here: FEMA – North Carolina Hurricane Florence

Survivors can register online with FEMA at or via smartphone at Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. For 711 Relay or Video Relay Services call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Mold Removal Guidelines

A flood-damaged home needs special care to remove mold safely and effectively. Mold begins to grow on materials that stay wet longer than two or three days. The longer mold grows, the greater the health hazard and the harder it is to control. So, as soon as it is safe to return, don’t delay cleanup and dry out.


Tips on How to Keep Moving on Moving Day

5 Yoga Poses that Boost Energy

You’ve been packing for hours, but as you look around your stuff is multiplying magically before your very own eyes. While your moving list grows longer, your energy fades faster. Does this sound like you before moving day? You’re not alone. Moving is one of the most stressful and tiring events for many of us, but before you wave your white flag and give up, take a second to find out how you can keep moving before and during your moving day. Here are five awesome activities that will energize you and help you dig a little deeper for a productive and happy moving day.

Keep Moving by:

1. Stretching Out

While your first instinct might be to take a nap or flop down on the couch when you’re feeling tired, this will actually make you feel more tired and lazy. Your muscles, which have been hard at work packing and lifting, will become cold and start to feel sore from your activity if you become inactive. A good way to combat tiredness is to take a moment and do some stretching. Whether it’s yoga pose, some light Pilates or just changing positions, stretching boosts the oxygen flow to your brain and gives you more energy. You don’t have to be a yoga guru or even all that flexible to try a child’s pose. Yet this simple stretch can give you an extra burst of energy to help you keep moving. Try working in some deep breaths and focus on your breathing, this will help you reset and attack the rest of your to-dos with a new perspective.

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2. Get Some Fresh Air

That couch may be calling your name, but be strong and grab your running shoes instead and head out doors to find that second wind. Walk around the block for five minutes or head to your local park for a quick change of atmosphere. According to some researchers being exposed to the color green in nature will actually make you feel happier and motivated. If you have a dog take it for a walk and enjoy some fresh air. A quick break in the outdoors will help you keep moving on moving day.

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3. Getting Funky

If you’ve been playing your favorite album on repeat, it’s no wonder you are feeling tired and ready to give up. Find an extra burst of energy when you switch up your music. Try out a new playlist or new artist to help you keep moving. The unexpected ambient noise will keep you on your toes. Be adventurous and try a recommended playlist from spotify for something new. Dance around  and keep moving to the beat for some added endorphins. Who knows you might find a new favorite kind of music along the way.

4. Hanging out with Friends

Moving involves a lot of decisions on what to pack and what to throw out, sometimes having a trusted friend come over will help you make decisions faster. Divide and conquer tasks together for a productive collaboration. Good conversation and a motivating friend might help you to keep moving. Keep each other motivated by setting an incentive, like going to the movies or ice cream after you finish your packing. You can even make a party out of your to-dos, invite a group over and throw yourself a pre-move party.

5. Eating Energy Snacks

Red bull and the coffee will give you a boost but eventually you will crash, opt instead for energy-boosting-snacks that will keep you energized for the long haul. Keep the recipes simple and healthy for a quick treat in between tasks. My favorite recipe combines peanut butter, sliced apples, shredded coconut and dark chocolate to make power nachos that will help you stay focused and your belly happy.

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Did you try any of the ideas above to keep moving? Share your experience or your tips for staying motivated during a move on our Coastal Carrier Facebook Page before the end of 2017 and we will pick a winner for best tip that will win a $50 Home Depot gift card. If you tried them all and are still ready to throw in the towel or just need an extra hand make sure you give us a call. Coastal Carrier Moving & Storage can do all of the packing and unpacking for you, while you save your energy for something more fun.



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