Project for Help Someone Stay Cool During Extreme Heat

Overview

You can help prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths by checking on people in your community during periods of extreme heat and, if needed, offering to drive them to an air-conditioned location.

The Problem

Extreme heat kills more Americans each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes and floods combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, but older persons are among the most susceptible to heat-related illness and deaths. With age, we lose some of our ability to adapt to the heat. Also, certain medications interfere with the body’s ability to handle heat, and some older people have mobility limitations that may prevent them from getting relief during high heat. Establishing a personal support network is a critical part of planning for any emergency. Learn how through FEMA's "Who Can You Count On? Who Counts On You?" training module at http://bit.ly/IX7nAE.

Learn how to help others plan ahead with FEMA's "Who Can You Count On? Who Counts On You?" training module.

The Solution

You can help prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths by checking on people in your community during periods of extreme heat and, if needed, offering to drive them to an air-conditioned location. Every heat-related illness and death is preventable! A/C is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death, according to the CDC.

Time Commitment

From 10 to 20 minutes to make a round of phone calls on hot days to a few hours or more to visit the people on your list, determine if they have what they need to survive the heat wave and, if not, to transport them to a safer environment.

Special Considerations

You need to have the means to personally check on people and, if necessary, to transport them during a heat wave.

Who can do this?

Everyone

Great Reasons to do this Project

  • Help reduce and prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.
  • Let the people on your list now that somebody is looking out for them.
  • Strengthen community bonds: Even when people don’t need help, they will appreciate a call or visit and a chance to chat.
  • Learn how to protect yourself and others during periods of excessive heat.