The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Extreme Heat Media Toolkit provides downloadable and customizable materials for local health departments and other organizations, to assist with outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat.
The CDC says, “heat-related deaths and illness are preventable,” yet from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States, which was more deaths than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined. Therefore, the agency provides the Extreme Heat Media Toolkit which provides tips and information on how to “Stay Cool,” “Stay Hydrated” and “Stay Informed.”
The website provides “common sense” information targeted at groups of people who are more vulnerable to extreme heat conditions, such as infants and children; outdoor workers; people with chronic medical conditions; athletes; those with low incomes; and seniors 65 or older. The section on seniors says, “people aged 65 years or older are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature,” and it lists several actions that should be taken to ensure the well being of those at risk.
For using the Internet to alert everyone on how to keep from succumbing to a heat-related illness, as well as what to do if someone is afflicted by such an illness, the Extreme Heat Media Toolkit is Government Video’s Website of the Week.