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Arizona Counties Issue Excessive Heat Warning

Sedona AZ (June 14, 2017) – 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 reminds 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 17-June 21, 2017.

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

As needed in Yavapai County, 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 at 3240 E. Beaver Creek Rd., Rimrock, AZ 86335

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ
3:18 AM MST Wed Jun 14 2017

Marble and Glen Canyons-Grand Canyon Country-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins- Including the cities of Page, Lees Ferry, Grand Canyon Village, Supai, North Rim, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction and Bagdad.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET…

* AFFECTED AREA…Elevations below 5000 feet for the Grand Canyon, Marble and Glen Canyons, Yavapai County valleys and basins, and northern Gila County.

* TEMPERATURE…105 TO 115 degrees.

* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures will significantly increase the potential for heat related illness. Those without access to adequate air conditioning and hydration will be most at risk. More weather updates at www.weather.gov/fgz/ .

The temperature inside a parked police vehicle during Cornfest 2014 is a warning to parents and pet owners – never leave an unattended child or pet inside a vehicle!

Please remember NEVER leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. It is best to leave pets at home if you cannot take them into your destination; if your home is not air conditioned, be sure pets have plenty of water and air ventilation inside. NEVER leave pets tied or restrained outside during excessive heat waves. Outdoor pets need access to a shady spot and plenty of water.

Even in cool temperatures, car interiors heat to dangerous temperatures very quickly – open or cracked windows will not keep temperatures cooler in a stationary vehicle. Interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit above outside temperatures within the first 10 minutes, even when windows are open for ventilation.

Anyone left inside a vehicle 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 WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN. To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the child’s 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.

CHECK ON FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING who spend much of their time alone.

If you are concerned about the health and welfare of anyone during this heat wave, call your local law enforcement agency.

Additional information sites with preparedness information are listed below:

Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona Emergency Information Network
National Weather Service
Salvation Army in Phoenix

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4 Comments

  1. Marcie Slay says:

    Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has been coordinating with the Salvation Army Southwest Division and local Fire Districts discussing the need for cooling stations in areas of the county were the forecast calls for excessive heat this weekend into next week. 

    We are happy to report that locations have been established in Black Canyon City, Cottonwood, Wickenburg​, as well as fire stations throughout the Verde Valley/Cottonwood area.

    A special thanks to Jack Clitheroe with the Salvation Army for his great response to this request and the volunteers and staff at the Black Canyon City Library and Cottonwood Community Center who have volunteered to help.

    Additional information and preparedness tips can be found at:
    National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ  http://www.weather.gov/fgz/
    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/heat
    Salvation Army in Phoenix http://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org​

    See SedonaEye.com article above for more information and links.

  2. Marcie Slay- Prescott area emergency says:

    Arizona Public Safety (APS) has notified Emergency Management of a power outage do to a crash that has taken out three power poles.
     
    96 customers are without power. The areas affected are LindaVista to Los Aross near Iron Springs Road. Also from Granite Mountain School to Victoria Ave in Prescott.

     

  3. Marcie Slay - Prescott area emergency update says:

    Arizona Public Safety (APS) has notified Emergency Management of a power outage do to a crash that has taken out three power poles.

    96 customers are without power. The areas affected are LindaVista to Los Aross near Iron Springs Road. Also from Granite Mountain School to Victoria Ave in Prescott.

    APS crews are on-site with estimated restoration time of 7:00 P.M.

    The Prescott Salvation Army currently has a cooling station open from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

    Address: 237 S Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303
    (928) 778-0150

    APS can reimburse residents for up to 40 pounds of bagged ice purchases made during this outage. Download a free outage app at aps.com/alerts or go to aps.com to view outage maps.

    For ice reimbursement please send your receipts to:

    APS Community Affairs Office
    P.O. Box 53999
    Phoenix, AZ 85072

    If you know of a neighbor in need during this time please reach out to them. If medical issues arise, please call 911.

    Food Safety – Please check keep refirerators closed during this outage and check all food terpatures once the power has been restored. When in doubt throw it out.

    Certain refrigerated foods may need to be thrown out:
    ⦁ All leftovers or cooked foods, raw meats, and lunchmeats
    ⦁ Any dairy products including cheeses, eggs, seed sprouts, cut melons
    ⦁ Prepared foods such as store-bought deli salads

    You can safely keep things like ketchup, mustard, jams/jellies, store bought salad dressing and pickles/relish. Be sure to check fruits and vegetables for mold.

    Check frozen food for thawing and refreezing that might have happened when the power was lost and then restored (example: large ice crystals in the food, or frozen liquid at the bottom of container).

    It is cheaper to replace the food than to risk your health by taking a chance. If in doubt, throw it out! For more information call us at (928)771-3149.

  4. Marcie Slay - Prescott area emergency update says:

    APS has notified us that they were able to reroute the power and restore power to all but 4 customers and are continuing to work on the outage.

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