City of Tucson and Pima County Launch Heat Awareness Week

Published on May 08, 2024

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In anticipation of the upcoming heat season, the City of Tucson and Pima County have designated the second week of May as Heat Awareness Week.

This initiative is part of a broader strategy aimed at enhancing public awareness and response to extreme heat. Tucson is among the fastest-warming cities in the United States. Extreme heat conditions pose significant health risks, increase mortality rates, and disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, the unhoused, outdoor workers, and those with preexisting health conditions.

"The City of Tucson is actively drafting a heat protection ordinance, a heat action roadmap, and upgrading infrastructure to prevent heat illnesses and provide heat relief for all residents and City workers," said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. "Our collective efforts today will increase our ability to mitigate and manage extreme heat, building resilience for the future."

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