Drought and Intense Heat: How to Keep Your Cool When the Heat is On

Drought Intense Heat

The summer heat is in full swing and it’s important to be mindful of how the heat can prove to be a dangerous threat. Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the “urban heat island effect.”

Additionally, many states are experiencing serious drought on top of intense heat waves. Being careful with your water conversation, fire use and lawn care will help not only keep you and your loved ones alive and well hydrated, but will also aid in wildfire prevention and management. 

Head over to Ready.gov: Natural Disasters for more information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of intense heat and for more tips on drought management. 


Originally published by The National Preparedness Community, a place where more than 44,000 people connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness online. Use it to empower yourself to prepare and to coordinate preparedness activities with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and those with whom you may study or worship. Every day, members nationwide share tips, guidance and instruction on how everyday citizens can and should prepare themselves for disasters man-made and natural alike. 

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