Heat kills more than tornadoes/hurricanes

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Heat kills more than tornadoes/hurricanes
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 8:40am

According to this recent Health Day News article, extreme heat kills more people than any other weather related event. "Heat waves are more deadly than even the most devastating hurricane, blizzard or tornado, evidence indicates..."Vulnerability to extreme events is more complex than we know and we need to think about broader-scale adaptation," Keller concluded. "We have to recognize that heat kills far more people than the cold and that those most likely to die are people on the social margins of society." more 

Do you live in an area that has been affected by the recent heat wave? Are there are deaths associated with the heat? Have you checked on an elderly neighbor or friend to see if they are okay?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 10:53am

We have had record heat and more than usual 90+ and 100+ days, with almost no normal rain... so I supose we can say I do live in the affected area. 

And as a senior myself, I'm watching out for me!  Staying in, avoiding the heat of the day. And we neighbors look out fo reach other... and our animals.

The senior center in town has been opening as cooling centers but it's a ten mile drive and not worth the effort.. Besides, so far, we've not had any power outages here (knock on wood)...

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 2:38am
This doesn't surprise me at all. I think it is so much easier to know when we've gotten too cold rather than know when we've got heat stroke. Combine heat stroke with old age or medications or illnesses and it is a recipe for disaster. I do check in with elderly relatives and family friends to make sure their ac works and they aren't afraid to use it due to income limitations.
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