Heat is the leading weather-related killer in most large U.S. cities, exceeding deaths from hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and blizzards combined. Extreme heat events will continue to grow in number and ferocity.
Coping with them requires the most accurate forecasting possible, thorough planning, and a coordinated response with an adequate number of properly prepared cooling centers to serve those that are most at risk.
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light has partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Delmarva Power to sponsor the implementation of a Delaware Heat-Health Warning System (HHWS) that will provide a state of the art extreme heat warning system. This system will be utilized by the National Weather Service (NWS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Using the HHWS and other information, the NWS will issue extreme heat advisories for New Castle County and for Kent/Sussex counties. Your donations to help pay for this system are greatly appreciated. Please go to our Donations page.
Resources available for Extreme Heat Events:
- National Weather Service Heat Awareness: Excellent site to start learning and preparing.
- FEMA’s Extreme Heat
- CDC Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety Continued
- CDC Extreme Heat Media Toolkit
- CDC Extreme Heat Emergency Preparedness and Response
- CDC Heat Stress in the Elderly
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Extreme Heat
- EPA Excessive Heat Events Guidebook
- National Weather Service Brochure on heat waves