Greetings to everyone! I hope this week’s post finds all of you doing well. Across much of North America, a brutal heat wave that has turned lethal continues to have many states in its grip. Because of this ongoing and very serious danger, we’ll continue this week with safety infographics on heat safety. There are many other essential reads to review, so let’s get started.
- Surviving any natural disaster is traumatic enough. For many, their unstable financial, housing, food, and family dynamics often make the recovery even more challenging in a myriad of ways.
- Deadly flooding has taken place in several USA states with Kentucky being the hardest hit as of this post. Here’s some excellent post-flood safety advice on how to stay safe even after the waters have receded.
- Heat waves are often depicted in the media as ‘fun in the sun time.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.
- Speaking of heat, here’s an excellent listen from Science Friday on how the human body reacts to high temperatures and how to stay safe.
- Disinformation deliberately spread by those with nefarious agendas. “Climate disinformation leaves lasting mark as world heats.“
- This is an exceptionally unusual and unsettling event. “Freezing point climbs to record high above Swiss Alpine summits.“
- Here’s a technical but very interesting read on the dangers of heat, it’s relation to hospital emergency room visits, and mortality. “In the United States (US), despite continued increases in the availability of air conditioning, the burden of disease from days of extreme heat remains stubbornly high, with thousands of excess deaths attributable to heat each year.”
SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY
Summer heat is one of the leading causes of weather related deaths and illnesses. Due to its slow yet potentially deadly ways in which is affects the human body, even the most physically fit individual who is well hydrated can succumb to heat exhaustion or heat stroke very quickly. As of mid July, over ten deaths have occurred in the USA due to individuals being left in vehicles. All of those fatalities were preventable. Summer heat is often called the ‘silent killer‘ and for good reason. Much of the contiguous USA is in the midst of a brutal heat wave with little to no relief in long range forecasts. Take the heat safety information below very seriously. It could save a life.
The Heat Index is a very important part of summer safety. Here’s an excellent page from the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas that explains how to calculate heat index and why it’s important.
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