From 1979-2002 excessive heat exposure caused
8,966 deaths in the United States. During
this period, more people in this country died
from extreme heat than from hurricanes,
lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes
combined. Because most heat-related deaths
occur during the summer, and because weather
projections for this year indicate a
hotter-than-average summer, people should be
aware of who is at greatest risk and what
actions can be taken to prevent a heat related
illness or death.
Heat and Cold - Frequently Asked Questions
More information on extreme heat and hot weather
tips from the Center for Disease Control.
Itís a dry heat, so itís not so bad. How
many times do you hear that in Michigan?
Never! In Michigan we talk about the Heat index
to determine how hot it feels. The Heat Index
is the temperature the body feels when heat and
humidity are combined.
Check out how hot you should feel with the
National Weather Service Heat Index chart.
Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or
when you hear a tornado warning, can help
protect you and your family. During a
tornado, people face hazards from extremely high
winds and risk being struck by flying and
falling objects. After a tornado, the
wreckage left behind poses additional injury
risks. Although nothing can be done to
prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can
take for your health and safety.
Tornado Safety Information
More information on tornados, hurricanes,
flooding and other natural disasters from the
Center for Disease Control.
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health
Agency has these tips to help you prepare for,
and stay safe during a sudden loss of power.
Food and water concerns - Frequently Asked
Other Concerns - Frequently Asked Questions
More information on safety during a power outage
from the Center for Disease Control.