It is the end of May and we are already feeling the impacts of the Arizona heat. Every year the triple-digit temperatures last through September and kill many residents and visitors. In 2019, a preliminary count identified 443 people who died from heat-caused and heat-related deaths in Arizona. This year — with more people staying at home due to the pandemic — the summer heat will impact low-income communities even more.
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Many resources and programs are available to help individuals cope with the heat and the financial burden that comes with it. As part of the 2020 Arizona Heat Awareness Week, the Arizona Department of Health Services compiled multiple resources to help our communities. Please share these resources with others that can benefit from them. You can also find more resources and data online from the Arizona Department of Health Services.