Most illnesses and death from extreme heat are preventable. But every year hundreds of people die from heat-related causes. It’s important for everyone to know what the risks are and who is most at risk. You should also be able to recognize the symptoms and take action quickly.
The following resources will help you prepare and know how to respond to extreme heat.
Be Informed - Extreme Heat
Learn some terms to help you identify extreme heat hazards, and the conditions that can cause related illnesses. You can also learn things you can do to stay safe during a heat wave. (Ready.gov)
Stay Healthy During Extreme Heat
Find out how to prepare for extreme heat, including what communities and businesses can do to reduce energy demands. Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses, and what to do if the power goes out. And don’t forget about your pets! (Environmental Protection Agency)
Get hot weather tips and read the “Extreme Heat Prevention Guide.” You can also find safety information for people groups like the elderly, children, and outdoor workers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Heat: A Major Killer
Learn what the “Heat Index” is and illness risks at different stages. Learn heat wave safety tips, how heat affects the body, and the symptoms and treatment for heat disorders. (National Weather Service)
Heat Wave Safety
Find out what “Excessive Heat Watch,” “Excessive Heat Warning,” and “Heat Advisory” means, and what you can do to prepare. Learn how to respond during a heat wave, and how to treat heat-related illnesses. You can also get a “Heat Wave Safety Checklist”. (American Red Cross)