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July 2012 is something of a replay 2011 -- This page was created "in response mode" for the purpose of sharing heat wave and extreme heat information as a heat wave spreading across the mid-west the northeast in mid-July, 2011.  Now, July 1, 2012, the heatwave is more extensive; 20 states are operating under excessive heat warnings or heat advisories. CNN reported that over the past week, nearly 1600 high temperatures have been broken -- including 140 all-time highs, citing the National Climatic Data Center. Severe storms from Ohio to the northeast and southeast have left many communities without power, water, and normal coping mechanisms.

If you are working on response or recovery for extreme heat this summer, please share your experience, educational efforts and impacts on your institution (if any) by sending in a response note.  Use the form - or send email - to let us know if there's anything we or our USDA liaisons can do to help.

EDEN Response Notes page 
Choose Event Name "Heat Wave 2012".



Resources offered by delegates 

Several delegates responded to a July 2011 general inquiry about heat wave / extreme heat resources, programming and delegates' needs for such information.  The following resources and tips were shared.

National Weather Service - Heat page  (R Atterberry)
             http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

Resources for the Elderly - used and provided by K-State (ML Peter and D Sellers)

fycs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2007/05/olderadultheattips.html 
oces.okstate.edu/craig/copy_of_countytemplate/Members/trisha.gedon-40okstate.edu/older-adults-need-to-take-precaution-in-the-summer-heat
fcs.tamu.edu/health/healthhints/2008/aug/adjust.pdf  
www.uvm.edu/extension/?Page=news&storyID=10924&category=extension
msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2403.pdf  
www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/itdhpfehe/  
www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/elderlyheat.asp  
www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/hyperthermia.htm

Resources on working when it's hot - provided by Alabama (V Morgan)

Working in these hot conditions is taxing on the body. Be prepared to take care of yourself and others when you work outdoors this summer.
Heat Safety Fact Sheet (OSHA publication: pdf)
Heat Safety Fact Sheet - Spanish version (OSHA publication in Spanish: pdf)
Skin Cancer: Protect Yourself (ACES brochure)
Sun Safe (ACES brochure)
Coping with Hot Work Environments (Extensión en Español publication, available in English and Spanish) 

Press release on fluids for managing heat - provided by K-State (ML Peter)
            Fluids Important to Managing Heat, Humidity Safely
                   Includes sidebar: Encourage Fluids for Children 

Fact Sheet: Heat Safety Tips on the Farm - proivded by S Nelson (MO) 
            From the Carle Foundation Hospital Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety
            http://www.necasag.org/pdf/2008/Carle%20Heat%20Safety%20Tips.pdf  (IL)


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State activities reported 

Indiana distributed two fliers to county offices. These contain information taken with permission from the Indiana State Department of Health.     IN-Symptoms.doc      IN-Tips.doc 

Illinois forwarded the NWS Heat information reference (above) to field offices, with additional comments regarding animals. See separate section on animals, below

"...for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs." 

Kansas pulled out last year's audio files for understanding heat and has shared these four:
               HeatIndex.mp3           Muggy.mp3           Humidity.mp3            Dehydration.mp3


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Livestock, Crops and Pets 

General advice provided to locals by Illinois Extension:  "...for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs."   (Rick Atterbery)

Farm animal resources identified by Julie Smith (VT) at our request:

Heat Stress, Fairs and Achievement Days - Animal Considerations - referred by J Smith (VT) http://www.sdstate.edu/vs/extension/beef/upload/ExEx11021-Heat-StressFairs.pdf 

Heat stress forecasts - Livestock (USDA-ARS and NOAA-NWS)  Greg Brenneman (IA) says the site "predicts heat stress for livestock (especially cattle) out for a 7 day period. It takes into account not only temperature and humidity but cloud cover and wind speed as well. It is one our producers have found very useful in being prepared for heat stress conditions."
        http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=21306

Hot Weather, Dogs and Outdoor Activites may not mix - news release, K-State (ML Peter) 
        http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/seasonal/hotdogs62110.html 

K-State AgEcon, AgManager.info website
        http://www.agmanager.info/policy/drought/ 

News itmes from K-State

Livestock Producers Beware: Watch for Toxic Blue-Green Algae
        http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/bluegreen_algae072511.aspx

Drought-Stressed Soybeans Mean Decisions for Producers
       http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/stressed_soybeans072611.aspx

High Temps + Little Rain = Landscapes at Risk
        http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/high_temps071911.aspx     


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Last Updated:7/1/2012 7:23 PM
 

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