HEAT AWARENESS DAY: MAY 23RD HELP KEEP OUR VULNERABLE NEIGHBORS SAFE

With summer just around the corner, the National Weather Service has designated May 23rd as Heat Awareness Day. EnergyCare is a local nonprofit dedicated to keeping vulnerable low-income people safe from the heat. EnergyCare is promoting this event to help our community and high risk groups prepare for the dangers of high summer temperatures.

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Info-graphic provided by the Center for Disease Control

People (especially seniors, people who are ill or disabled, and parents of children under 5) need to know:

The Center for Disease Control says that extreme heat is the most destructive natural disaster in the US today, killing more people annually than hurricanes, tornados, floods and earthquakes combined. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, St. Louis has the 4th highest rate of heart related deaths in the US and in the heat wave of 2012 the lives of 26 of our neighbors were claimed.

Sadly, it’s the members of low-income communities who are elderly, living with disabilities or chronic illness, and children under 5 that are most vulnerable to the heat related illnesses and death.