Today is Wisconsin's Heat Awareness Day

Governor Walker has declared June 13, 2013, as Wisconsin’s Heat Awareness Day to alert the public of hazards associated with extended period of extreme heat and humidity, and precautions needed to protect oneself when this condition exists.  

NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), in conjunction with the Wisconsin Emergency Management team and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, are co-sponsoring Wisconsin’s Heat Awareness Day.

Heat is Wisconsin's #1 weather-killer, far exceeding the number of fatalities related to tornadoes, flash floods, lightning, and winter storms!
Medical records indicate that the elderly and youngsters face the highest risk of heat-related deaths.  Also, certain medications restrict the body's ability to sweat and thereby cool down. Therefore, people on medications should consult their doctor for advice.
Detailed information on how to protect yourself from extreme heat will be distributed by the NWS on June 13, 2013, to the NOAA Weather Wire and the NOAA Weather Radios that have coverage in Wisconsin.
Experience has shown that being aware of the dangers of extreme heat and knowing what precautions to take reduces the risk of heat-related exhaustion or death.

In least 24 people died in Wisconsin from the effects of heat, and at least 350 people sought medical treatment.

In least 5 people died in Wisconsin from the effects of heat, and more than 100 sought medical treatment. 

Heat Safety

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day

WFO Milwaukee/Sullivan Preparedness Page

Wisconsin Awareness Campaigns and Important Events

Wisconsin Emergency Management


2013 ReadyWisconsin Press Release

Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat!

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.  Not even for a minute!
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately!
  • Since 1998, an average of 38 children per year, or about one every 10 days, have

    died in automobiles as a result of heatstroke.

  • How Hot Can It Get Inside a Closed Vehicle in Full Sunshine?

Wisconsin's Killer July 1995 Heat Wave

Heat - A Major Killer

NWS Heat Wave Brochure

U.S. Severe Weather Fatality Statistics

Wisconsin Weather-Related Fatalities 1982-2012

Kapela, WFO Milwaukee

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