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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO NORTHERN ARIZONA THROUGH THE DAY AND NIGHTTIME HOURS. RAINFALL WILL BE LOCALLY HEAVY AT TIMES WITH A
SLIGHT RISK FOR LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING.

SUNDAY AND MONDAY...A SECOND LOW WILL EXTEND THE WET PERIOD THROUGH THE WEEKEND WITH GOOD CHANCES FOR RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS
THROUGH MONDAY.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING

As temperatures across the state of Arizona are expected to reach record levels this weekend Yavapai County Emergency Management and Yavapai County Community Health Services would like to remind residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion and other heat related injuries or medical complications.

In response to an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, The Salvation Army's Verde Valley/Cottonwood staff will be activating a heat relief station at the Cottonwood Recreation Center where people in need can go for cooling and hydration June 17th through June 21st, 2017.

Cottonwood Recreation Center
150 S. 6th St.
Cottonwood, AZ -86326
Tel. (928) 639.3200

As needed the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical will have water available at the following fire stations:
Camp Verde Station at 494 S Main St, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Montezuma Rimrock Station 3240 E Beaver Creek Rd, Rimrock, AZ 86335

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ
241 AM MST Thu Jun 15 2017

Yavapai County Mountains- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, and Ash Fork - Thu Jun 15 2017

...HEAT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM SUNDAY TO 8 PM MST WEDNESDAY...
* AFFECTED AREA...Yavapai County Mountains.
* TEMPERATURE...100 to 107 degrees. Hottest temperatures early
next week.
* IMPACTS...A prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected and will significantly increase the potential for heat related illness. Those without access to adequate air conditioning and hydration will be most at risk.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected and will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors. More weather updates at: http://www.weather.gov/fgz/

Please remember NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. It is best to leave your pets at home if you cannot take them in with you. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit above outside temperatures within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death.

When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
    o Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. To remind yourself that a child is in the car,      keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
    o When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
    Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

1. Know the signs of heat illness - According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the path to a life-threatening heat stroke follows a fairly predictable series of steps, with several warning signs along the way.

• Thirsty: Being thirsty signals that you’re already starting to get dehydrated. As soon as you get thirsty, make it a point to drink some water and get out of the heat.
• Heat cramps: Cramping, pain and spams in your abdominal muscles and legs signals that you losing too much water and salt. Drink water and get inside.
• Heat exhaustion: Signs you are entering dangerous territory include “cool, moist, pale, flushed or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion.” However, your body temperature will be near normal. With these symptoms, get inside right away and drink half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes until you improve.
• Heat stroke: During heat stroke, your temperature spikes and can damage your brain and internal organs. Other signs include “hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing.” At this point, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Some ways to avoid heat illness include staying indoors; wearing lightweight clothes in light colors; taking regular breaks; and, naturally, drinking a lot of water.

2. Drink more water than you think
• Planning to hydrate is good. However, if you’re outside, you’re going to need a lot more than 8 cups of water for the day.
• In addition to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, the summer humidity ranges between a balmy 10 percent and a throat-parching 2 percent. And that’s not hyperbole; you can drink an entire glass of water and your mouth will feel parched within a minute. Even worse, your sweat often evaporates almost as soon as it leaves your body, so you might not realize how much water you’re losing.
• If you’re going outside for any reason, take a bottle of water; for a hike take several bottles of water or a drinking system such as a Camelbak. Many people have died after heading into the wilderness in 110 degree heat with insufficient fluids. That’s why we recommend you stay indoors. If you just have to go outside, you might be tempted to wait until night when it’s cooler.

Additional sites with great preparedness information listed below.
Arizona Department of Health Services http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/heat-illness

Arizona Emergency Information Network https://ein.az.gov/emergency-information-heat-warning-across-arizona

National Weather Service http://www.weather.gov/rah/heatSalvation

Army in Phoenix http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org

 

Extreme Heat Warning

Extreme Heat Warning

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
• NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. It is best to leave your pets at home if you can not take them in with you. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Children who are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
•Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
•To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
•When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
• Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
• Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
• Postpone outdoor games and activities.
• Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
• Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
• Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
• Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
• Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Typical El NiƱo Pattern

This fall the El Nino pattern may produce heavier rains than normal, are you prepared? Only a few inches of water can create a large amount of loss. 

Know the facts:

  • Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high.
  • A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water.
  • Winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.
  • New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
  • Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years. Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about $400 a year ($33 a month).
  • A Preferred Risk Policy provides both building and contents coverage for properties in moderate- to low-risk areas for one low-price.
  • In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it’s important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
  • Even though flood insurance isn’t federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file over 20-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.
  • From 2005 to 2014, total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year.
  • When your community participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), you can qualify for an insurance premium reduction discount of up to 45% if you live in a high-risk area and up to 10% in moderate- to low-risk areas.

Protect yourself and property!

We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/.

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

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