- Category: EMA
July is Extreme Heat Preparedness Month
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
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."
A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for humans who don't take the proper precautions.
- Category: EMA
The public health crisis in Flint, Mich., is a man-made disaster. An unfortunately titled “emergency manager” appointed by the governor to oversee the city’s finances made the decision to switch drinking water sources from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money.
The river water was highly corrosive, causing lead to leach into the drinking water. State and federal regulators were slow to respond to residents’ concerns and either minimized or ignored the lead problem for months.