Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2013 Vol. 60 No. 7

Message From The Chief

When one thinks of disaster in Texas, hurricanes come to mind.  However, heat is the number one weather-related cause of death in the United States.  Texas has come a long way in preparing for extreme temperatures and it shows when you compare heat related fatality statistics from 2011 to 2012. We still need to be diligent as temperatures are still predicted to be well above average for the summer of 2013. 

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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