Extreme Heat Awareness Week May 23-27

Extreme Heat Awareness Week May 23-27

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Extreme-heat events occur when temperatures are substantially higher than average for a particular location at a given time of year. The impacts of extreme heat can cause widespread suffering and fatalities: there were more than 7,400 heat-related deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2010.


That’s why the Federal Government is aggressively working to help State, regional, tribal, and local communities prepare for potential extreme-heat events this summer. America’s PrepareAthon!—the Administration’s seasonal campaign to build community-level preparedness action—has designated the week of May 23–27 as Extreme Heat Week.


Fortunately, the majority of heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. If we take actions to prepare for and respond to extreme-heat events, we can dramatically reduce the risks associated with extreme heat—especially for the most vulnerable populations, including the elderly and very young, people with certain health conditions, people like farmers or construction workers who work outside, and people in low-income households.  There are a number of resources that can help:


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