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Excessive Heat

From 1979-2002 excessive heat exposure caused 8,966 deaths in the United States.  During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.  Because most heat-related deaths occur during the summer, and because weather projections for this year indicate a hotter-than-average summer, people should be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat related illness or death.

Heat and Cold - Frequently Asked Questions

More information on extreme heat and hot weather tips from the Center for Disease Control.

Itís a dry heat, so itís not so bad.  How many times do you hear that in Michigan?  Never!  In Michigan we talk about the Heat index to determine how hot it feels.   The Heat Index is the temperature the body feels when heat and humidity are combined.

Check out how hot you should feel with the National Weather Service Heat Index chart.



Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family.  During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects.  After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks.  Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.

Tornado Safety Information

More information on tornados, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters from the Center for Disease Control.


Power Outage

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has these tips to help you prepare for, and stay safe during a sudden loss of power.

Food and water concerns - Frequently Asked Questions

Other Concerns - Frequently Asked Questions

More information on safety during a power outage from the Center for Disease Control.

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