To highlight the importance of staying safe during the heat season and spread awareness about the challenges of extreme heat, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed May 23-27 Heat Awareness Week. During this week, us, along with the Arizona Department of Health Services and City of Phoenix Heat Response and Mitigation Office in Arizona invite you to save the date and partner with us on raising awareness about this important issue.
The summer heat is here again and with it comes triple-digit temperatures that last through September. The high temperatures we experience in Arizona can be more than just unpleasant. Extreme heat can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In 2021, Arizona hospitals saw 2,873 heat-related emergency department visits and a record 552 deaths occurred. Communities most affected in the state have been in southwest and central Arizona.
Arizonans are no strangers to the heat. Heat-related illness is preventable. To help protect yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers you can take actions to prevent, recognize, and respond to heat-related illness. We realize that not one person, organization, or agency can tackle this hazard alone. Sharing an air-conditioned space with friends and families who may need assistance is a good way to cool off during the summer. There are also public resources you can utilize such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and cooling centers. The LIHEAP Program helps individuals with limited income pay their energy bills. Cooling centers are air-conditioned sites designated for heat relief during the summer. A list of cooling centers is available in Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma County.
To highlight the importance of staying safe during the heat season and spread awareness about the challenges of extreme heat, Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed May 23-27 Heat Awareness Week. During this week, the Arizona Department of Health Services, National Weather Service Offices, and City of Phoenix Office of Heat Response and Mitigation in Arizona invite you to save the date and partner with us on raising awareness about this important issue. Starting on May 23, we will be coordinating the 2022 Arizona Heat Awareness Week Campaign. An Arizona Heat Awareness Week Website (English and Spanish) was updated to help partners share ideas during the campaign. Over the past several years, partners such as media outlets joined in on the efforts to raise awareness about the campaign. This year we are hoping to include more partners and are sending this save-the-date to plan for the upcoming campaign. Partners are encouraged to post and share content on social media using the hashtags (#AZHeat and #AZwx) to promote the campaign.
During the 5-day campaign, we will be disseminating messages on heat safety using the acronym (H.E.A.T.) that you can also repost. We also encourage coming up with your own messages. Message examples can be found on the Campaign Website.
- Monday (5/23) – (H) Hydrate
- Tuesday (5/24) – (E) Environment/Weather
- Wednesday (5/25) – (A) – Awareness
- Thursday (5/26) – (T) – Take Action
- Friday (5/27) – Summary
If you would like more information about this campaign or need assistance with social media messages, please contact [email protected] or Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, Tom Frieders ([email protected]), or Bianca Feldkircher([email protected]).