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2022 Heat Crisis Is Here

And it is not even summer.

Summer has not yet arrived and already there have been record temperatures in different parts of the United States.

See this news item: “U.S. heat sets records, spurring cities to take action.”

Oregon is highlighted due to their taking action on their 2021 heat dome event in June of last year.

Interestingly, the Holdemans had some friends over last week, and one had spent two days in the hospital with a heat injury — and it was not that hot, just in the 70s. He was not acclimatized to that weather due to the rather cool spring we have endured.

Remember, it doesn’t take 100-degree days for people to start being impacted by warmer temperatures.

Thinking about public education and disasters, we’ve added several new items to the typical list of hazards we educate people about. Any disaster preparedness presentation should include heat injuries, cybersecurity and domestic terrorism/mass shootings.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.