Extremely hot temperatures can result in death, especially among the medically fragile and elderly and have significant impacts on agriculture.
• Approximately 20 people die each year from heat-related emergencies, but a severe or extended heat wave can cause more casualties. For example, a 13-day heat wave in 2006 resulted in 136 deaths.
• Multi year droughts may result in water shortages, which impact water available for human consumption and agriculture production in the more arid areas of the state.
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Heat Contingency Plan dated June 2014 (pdf download) describes state operations during heat related emergencies and provides guidance for state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental organizations in the preparation of their heat emergency response plans and other related activities. Steps to protect you from heat emergencies are also available below.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) - "Tips for Preparing for a Hot Summer"
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)- "Heat Fast Facts" (pdf download)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) "Extreme Heat Information"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Extreme Heat and Your Health"
Food and Agriculture
The Humane Society - "Keep Pets Safe in Heat"
United States Department Agriculture (USDA) - "Disaster Planning"