New CDC Resources Help Protect Against Extreme Heat

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, and Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season in its initial 2024 forecast. Recent warmer temperatures are also a reminder of another annual summer occurrence – extreme heat. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, more than 1,200 people in the United States are killed by heat every year, making it the deadliest weather-related hazard.

Recently, CDC, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, launched a new Heat and Health Initiative. The new initiative has three resources:

  • The HeatRisk Forecast Tool, designed for public health audiences, provides a seven-day, nationwide heat forecast of temperatures that may reach levels that could harm health.
  • The HeatRisk Dashboard, designed for the general public, integrates the HeatRisk Forecast Tool data with other information, including details on local air quality, to inform the public on how best to protect themselves when outdoor temperatures are high and could impact their health.
  • New CDC clinical guidance helps clinicians keep at-risk individuals safe when temperatures rise.

Preparation, including having a clear, actionable emergency plan, can significantly reduce the risks associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, heat, and other threats.