CDC Emergency Partners Newsletter - Extreme Heat

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June 27, 2017

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CDC's Emergency Partners newsletter provides updates, resources, and useful tips to subscribers interested in emergency preparedness and CDC's emergency responses.

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  • During 1999-2009, an average of 658 people died each year from heat in the United States.
  • Older adults, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk for heat-related illnesses.
  • Heat stroke is a medical emergency; call 911 right away if someone appears to be having a heat stroke.



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Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses - you could save a life!

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Stay Cool...Stay Safe!

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Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Staying cool in a building with air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps.

  • Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you don't have air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool. Cooling stations and senior centers are also available in many large cities for people of all ages.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink water often. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.


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Working with the Media in an Emergency

Emergencies are major media events. Reporters—like emergency responders—have an important role to play during a disaster; they monitor the situation and provide their audiences with accurate and timely public health information. To do this, though, the media need your cooperation.

Working well with the media means making sure they have the information they need. Reporters want:

  • Equal access to information and experts,
  • Timely answers that allow them to meet their deadlines, and
  • Reliable, regular updates. 

Be proactive in providing information to the media and the public as soon as possible to establish your organization as a credible source. Communicate early and often.

When you’re communicating with the media in an emergency, remember they have a job to do. You can make their job easier by:

  • Providing as much background information as possible,
  • Making your points clearly and consistently, and
  • Quickly correcting any incorrect information the media release, especially if it could be harmful to people in crises. 

Keeping the media updated with correct communications can help reduce the spread of rumors and speculation.

The media are a valuable tool for sharing news and safety messages when a disaster happens, and they should be deliberately included in all emergency responses. Social and traditional media can help you communicate life-saving messages directly to the people who need them most in a crisis.  When your organization works well with the media, more members of an affected community can get access to the information they need to protect themselves and their families.


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