Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 7

Message From The Chief

Wildfire awareness

When one thinks of disaster in Texas, hurricanes come to mind.  However, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States.  Extreme heat waves have become more common over the last decade including the summer of 2011, now listed as the hottest on record across Texas. 

As we head into the hottest time of year in Texas, it is just important to be knowledgeable and prepare for the extreme heat.  It is key to remember that elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.

For these reasons, the National Weather Service and the Division of Emergency Management of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other key partners, urge residents to prepare now.

The easiest tips to follow are to stay inside during peak heat periods during the day and stay hydrated.

There are many online resources available to learn more about how to prepare and respond to the hot days ahead.  Take the time now to learn as much as possible about how to prepare for the excessive heat.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®
Follow @chiefkidd on Twitter

CDC Extreme Heat:  A Prevention Guide
National Weather Service: Heat
Ready.gov: Extreme Heat

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