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Stay Safe in the Summer Heat Safety

By | August 1st, 2019|Preparedness|

Our agency serves a vital role in protecting its residents and visitors against the summer heat. Arizona’s high temperatures increase the risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In 2018, Arizona hospitals had nearly 3,000 emergency department visits for heat-related cases. Additionally, each year we see an average of 108 deaths caused by the heat [...]

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Stay Safe from the Summer Heat

By | May 29th, 2018|Preparedness|

Memorial Day signals the start of summer break for many kids in Arizona as well as triple digit temperatures. Many people are preparing for upcoming outdoor activities with friends and family. While enjoying the holiday grilling or relaxing by the pool, it is important to remember safety tips to protect yourself from the Arizona heat and sun. Despite heat-related illnesses being [...]

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Stakeholders Gather for Arizona Extreme Heat Planning Workshop

By | April 13th, 2018|Preparedness|

Temperatures are beginning to rise in our state. Most people probably remember the June heat wave last year, which brought on record temperatures. From June 12-27, 2017, temperatures reached 119 ° in Phoenix, 93° in Flagstaff, 120° in Yuma, and 116° in Tucson. Extreme heat will be upon us again soon. Our latest preliminary heat [...]

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Tips to Help Your Family to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

By | July 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Temperatures in Arizona during the summer soar, and heat-related illnesses are common. Anyone can be susceptible to heat-related illness, but those at greatest risk are children under age four, adults over age 65, homeless people, outdoor workers, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications. Following some simple safety tips [...]

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Make Preparations for the Upcoming Monsoon Season

By | June 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Monsoon season is fast-approaching and with it thunderstorm activity that will continue through September, during which more than half of Arizona’s yearly rainfall will occur. You and your family will be able to enjoy some great views of Arizona’s extreme weather, but it is also important to be aware that thunderstorms may result in alerts for flash flooding, high winds, and lightning. This [...]

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Arizona Extreme Heat Planning Workshop 2017

By | June 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

We have already had days topping 100 degrees in many parts of the state and even had our first heat advisory in Yuma.  It’s the perfect time of year to ensure that public health partners are working together to be ready for extreme heat in Arizona. Earlier this month, almost 70 representatives from organizations across [...]

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Strategic Planning for Weather Emergencies

By | May 10th, 2017|Preparedness|

Arizonans are no strangers to weather emergencies. Weather reports of extreme heat, flash flooding, wildfires, dust storms, and monsoon storms are frequent during our summer months. During our winter months, some of our higher elevation counties experience cold and snow hazards. As mentioned recently during National Public Health Week, extreme weather impacts public health. Our agency routinely works with local, state, and federal partners [...]

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2016 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winner Announced

By | July 27th, 2016|Preparedness|

Amal, age 17, Maricopa County The Office of Infectious Disease just concluded its fifth annual Healthy Swimming Contest . This year, 50 healthy swimming posters were submitted from Arizona kids ranging in ages from two to 17 years old. All posters submitted suggested ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water [...]

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It’s Getting Hot in Here!

By | June 3rd, 2016|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

The scorching heat is right around the corner this weekend with heat warnings for nearly all of Arizona (Coconino, Yavapai, Graham, Pima, Cochise, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Pinal, La Paz, Maricopa, Yuma, and Mohave Counties). Temperatures may reach 108 to 115 °F. High outdoor temperatures aren’t just an inconvenience; they’re dangerous. Year after year, nearly 2,000 [...]

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Surviving the Desert Summer

By | May 20th, 2013|General|

Heat is the number one killer among all weather related causes of death across the country and in Arizona… more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires combined. It doesn’t get much attention because it’s hard to take a picture of heat- but it’s easy to take a picture of hurricanes and tropical storms.  The AZ [...]

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