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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
632 AM CDT THU JUN 26 2014

...CONTINUING LIGHTNING AND HEAT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

...ARKLATEX TEMPERATURE AND HEAT CASUALTY STATISTICS...

EXTREME HEAT DURING THE SUMMERTIME ACROSS THE ARKLATEX IS
COMMON...BUT IT CAN ALSO BE DEADLY. EXTREME HEAT FOR THE ARKLATEX
IS GENERALLY DEFINED WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE THE AVERAGE MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE AND HEAT INDICES REACH 105 DEGREES OR HIGHER.

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES DURING THE SUMMER ACROSS THE ARKLATEX GENERALLY
AVERAGE AROUND 93 DEGREES DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE THROUGH AUGUST.
HOWEVER THERE CAN BE SEVERAL DAYS...ESPECIALLY DURING THE MONTHS OF
JULY AND AUGUST...WHEN THE TEMPERATURES CAN EXCEED 100 DEGREES.

HEAT BY FAR IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF ALL WEATHER EVENTS...
WITH A 10 YEAR AVERAGE OF 117 DEATHS A YEAR NATIONWIDE. MOST HEAT
RELATED FATALITIES OCCUR DURING A TIME WHEN THERE ARE SEVERAL DAYS OF
EXTREME HEAT.  THIS IS CALLED A HEAT WAVE. THE LAST SIGNIFICANT HEAT
WAVE TO AFFECT THE ARKLATEX WAS IN 2011. IN THAT YEAR THERE WERE
46 HEAT RELATED DEATHS IN TEXAS...8 IN LOUISIANA...8 IN OKLAHOMA...
AND 1 IN ARKANSAS.

MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE DEATHS ARE LOCATED IN PERMANENT
HOMES...WHERE THE PERSON IS ELDERLY...OR CANNOT AFFORD AIR
CONDITIONING. PEOPLE OVER 60 GENERALLY ACCOUNT FOR OVER HALF OF
THE HEAT RELATED DEATHS.

LIVING IN THE ARKLATEX WE CAN NOT AVOID THE EXTREME HEAT...HOWEVER
WE CAN TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND PREPARE. WE SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO CHECK
ON AND ASSIST THE ELDERLY AND THE POOR...AS THEY ARE MOST LIKELY TO
SUCCUMB TO THE EXTREME HEAT.

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