We all know that summer in the desert brings high temperatures, but what many of us forget is that our heat can be deadly. From June to September the State of Arizona and specifically Yuma County can experience deceptively dangerous temperatures. Because it is not like a blizzard, where one can look outside and see the severity of the weather, many Arizonans are often unprepared to deal with our heat.
Heat is the single most dangerous natural phenomenon in Arizona. Each year, between 30 and 50 residents die from excessive exposure to heat.
Know the Heat ALERTS:
Heat Advisory - When the temperature is forecast to be unusually hot but not life threatening.
Heat Watch - When a life threatening heat emergency may occur in the next 24 - 48 hours.
Heat Warning - When a life threatening emergency exists or is imminent.
Do Your Part:
Check on your neighbors:
Is your neighbor's window open, and it's 105 degrees outside? This is a sure sign that there may be a problem with the air conditioning. On those excessive heat warning days, check on neighbors that tend to stay inside or those that may be on fixed incomes and might skimp on the air conditioning.
Call for support if you notice someone in need:
There are social service agencies to help those in need. If your neighbor is in a difficult situation call your City/Town or Community Information and Referral at (877) 764-2670.
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Other Information and Resources
Heat and Your Health
Surviving Arizona Summer Heat (English) (PDF)
Surviving Arizona Summer Heat (Espanol) (PDF)
National Weather Service Yuma Forecast
Extreme Weather and Public Health (ADHS)
FEMA: Are You Ready?
CDC Extreme Heat
Arizona Department of Emergency Management